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14-Inch Telescope

Here are two views of the telescope, 14 inches in diameter and of Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design. It was in service from 2002 through 2006. The front view shows the Schmidt corrector plate with secondary mirror and, at the back, the primary mirror and tubular light baffle.

14-inch telescope front view

14-inch telescope


Sensitive, electronic (CCD) camera systems were connected to this telescope to obtain still and video imaging through filters of various colors. Images could be calibrated, measured and converted into full-color images or digital movies with the computers in the observatory's image-analysis laboratory on campus.

Dr. Leon Schroeder

This telescope was acquired for OSU circa 1980 through the efforts of Professor Leon W. Schroeder. Dr. Schroeder, OSU's second astronomer, earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Indiana University in 1958, and taught physics at OSU from 1951 until his retirement in 1984. During World War II he interrupted his undergraduate studies at Oklahoma A&M College to teach flying at the No. 3 British Flying Training School in Miami, Oklahoma. He died March 1, 1995.

These images and videos were made by undergraduates in OSU's Observatory Research course with the observatory's 14-inch telescope, which was in service from 2002 through 2006.


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