Welcome to the Burke-Gaffney Observatory
The Burke-Gaffney Observatory is featured in the Saint Mary's University 2022 Report to the Community, find it here!
Recently, the Burke-Gaffney Observatory passed its 50th anniversary! In late January 1972, the Burke-Gaffney Observatory was officially opened. Given current COVID restrictions we plan to celebrate this milestone publicly later in the year - stay tuned!
Coincident with this anniversary, a significant capital investment was made to the observatory's equipment - a new mount (see the image below) - the Planewave L600 - replaced the 50-year-old Ealing mount in December 2021 and was fully commissioned by early January 2022. The new mount will significantly improve the overall performance of the observatory. This is because:
- its slew speed is about 40 times faster than the old mount
- its sky pointing accuracy is much better, and
- it tracks the sky much better allowing for longer exposures and better quality images
We have other news to share:
- David Lane retired from SMU at the end of 2021 after being the observatory's technician for 29 years and its director for about half of that time.
- We have a new Observatory Director: Dr. Vincent Henault-Brunet
- We have welcomed a new Observatory Technician: Tiffany Fields
BGO Home Page
International Language Students Visit
The BGO Resting Atop the Loyola Residence
The Medjuck Planewave CDK 24 Telescope
The Dumbell Nebula (Martin Hellmich)
Undergraduate Student Tiffany Fields with the Telescope
The View from an Aerial Drone
The Crescent Moon
The Hercules Globular Cluster (Martin Hellmich)
The Orion Nebula (Martin Hellmich)
The BGO's Dome from Roof Level
The BGO at Dusk (Tiffany Fields)
The Dome Interior - Fisheye View (Rob Thacker)