A Window to the cosmos
Honoring Richard S. Perkin, the Perkin Observatory serves as a hub for astronomy and astrophysics education and a window to the cosmos for Dublin School and the surrounding region. Our primary instrument, installed in 2020, is a computer-controlled half-meter Corrected Dall-Kirkham astrograph equipped with research-grade imaging equipment.
The observatory hosts the Dublin School Astronomy Club, astronomy and astrophysics courses, and frequent public viewing nights and outreach events. The observatory also coordinates with other academic departments at Dublin to provide rare access to hands-on interdisciplinary astronomical studies at both introductory and professional levels. In addition to visual observation, students learn to use professional telescope control and image processing software to plan and execute astrophotography projects or to collect, analyze, and share scientific data.
The Perkin Observatory is available year-round, day and night, to host outreach and educational events. Activities can include visual observing through our nighttime and solar telescopes, astrophotography, scientific imaging, and astronomy/astrophysics presentations. If your school or group would be interested in scheduling a field trip or event, please contact the Director of the Perkin Observatory, Erik Schmitt at email@example.com.
We occasionally host public and private group events virtually via Zoom where we will stream real-time images from our telescopes using specialized cameras and software. Attendees can participate in discussion and Q&A. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on our mailing list for these events.