Teaching Telescopes


The Astronomy department has two teaching telescope facilities on the UCT campus:

  • an optical telescope - named the Tony Fairall Teaching Observatory - and
  • a radio telescope (currently under construction). 

Since 2013, practicals using the optical teaching telescope were integrated into our Astrophysics curriculum with the addition of a new course in Astronomical Techniques (AST2003H) at the second year undergraduate astrophysics major and an optical spectroscopy practical in Stellar Astrophysics (AST3002F) at third year undergraduate level.

In January 2019, the Astronomy department will replace the old domes on the roof of the RW James building with a new set of domes, including the installation of a second optical telescope, dedicated to spectroscopy.

Last updated: 31 December 2018