Rankin Science Observatory

The Rankin Science Observatory (RSO),is the instructional facility on the main ASU campus and is used for teaching advanced undergraduate astronomy courses in observational techniques. The RSO is next to the rooftop GoTo Lab Facility, used in the Introductory Astronomy course.

Shown at left is Observa-Dome on the Rankin South building. The dome and 16-inch telescope were provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation, which has also funded instrumentaton and modifications that allow the facility to be used remotely. This dome and its telescope are primarily used by students in an advanced courses in Observational Astronomy and technique courses in photometry and spectroscopy. Its non-student use time is often applied toward research projects by faculty and their students.