Robinson Observatory

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Robinson Observatory
Robinson Observatory.jpg
Organization University of Central Florida
College of Sciences
Location Orlando, FL, United States
Coordinates 28°35′30″N 81°11′26″W / 28.59175°N 81.19062°W / 28.59175; -81.19062Coordinates: 28°35′30″N 81°11′26″W / 28.59175°N 81.19062°W / 28.59175; -81.19062
Established 1995
Primary telescope RCOS Ritchey-Chrétien 20-inch reflector
Secondary telescope Meade LX200 14-inch reflector
Portable telescope Meade LX200 8-inch reflector
Portable telescope Meade LX90 8-inch reflector (6)
Robinson Observatory is located in the US
Robinson Observatory
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The Robinson Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the University of Central Florida College of Sciences in Orlando, Florida, USA.[1]

Public viewings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month and are sponsored by the Central Florida Astronomical Society (CFAS).[2]


The observatory was built at a cost of over $500,000 in 1995, with Herbert Robinson donating almost half of the total cost. The observatory was given the name Robinson posthumously, eight months after Herbert Robinson's death, on April 25, 1996.[3]

In the 2000s, a number of updates and renovations were completed at the observatory. The most recent addition was in 2007; it included high speed internet, a new 20-inch (50 cm) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, and the ability to remotely operate the telescope and dome.[4]


Plans are under way to expand the Robinson Observatory to include two smaller telescopes with domes donated by the United States Air Force.

See also


  1. ^ "Robinson Observatory". UCF. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  2. ^ "Robinson Observatory". Central Florida Astronomical Society (CFAS). October 3, 2007. Archived from the original on November 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  3. ^ "History - UCF Planetary Sciences Group". University of Central Florida Department of Physics. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  4. ^ "The Robinson Observatory Upgrade". CFAS. September 11, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-11-11.

External links

  • University of Central Florida
  • UCF Department of Physics
  • Robinson Observatory Clear Sky Clock
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