“Lie on your back and look at the stars.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (from Life’s Little Instruction Book)


UIS’s astronomy program possesses astronomical research and teaching equipment that is among the finest in the state of Illinois:

  • 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • 8-inch Newtonian telescope
  • 8-inch disability-friendly fixed-focal point telescope
  • Up close, a high-powered telescope looks astronomically huge. 3-inch comet telescope

The Henry R. Barber Research Observatory, 25 miles
from the campus under dark skies, includes:

  • 20-inch Cassegrain focus telescope
  • 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • Echelle spectrograph
  • Diffraction-grating spectrograph
  • SSP-3 Photodiode detector
  • U42 CCD Camera with 20 arc minute field of view.