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The University of Hertfordshire Bayfordbury Observatory is situated some 15 km from the main Hatfield Campus. The observatory is situated in a relatively dark countryside location and is regarded as one of the finest teaching observatories in the country. You can download a map from our directions page.
The Observatory forms an integral part of the degree programmes and is used by our students from the first week of their degree through to their final year, when it can also be used for final year projects.
The Observatory welcomes organised visits from schools and interested parties as part of its outreach programme.
The Observatory has 8 telescope domes as well as a 4.5m radio dish equipped with a state-of-the-art hydrogen-line receiver. Our telescopes each have computer controlled CCD cameras which are used for imaging and spectroscopy of astronomical sources. Short descriptions of some of the telescopes and instrumentation available to students for course or project work are described on our equipment page.
The main building is accessible by wheelchair as are two of our optical telescope domes and the radio astronomy areas. There are disabled parking next to the science learning centre main building. Please let us know if you have any further requirements.|
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