The Roll-off Roof Observatory was Constructed in 2010-2011 and the Open House Event occurred June 4th, 2011. The facility was built with funds from: The Medford Schools Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, and Medford School District 549C Bond. The observatory permanently houses three Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes with 10", 11", and 12" mirrors. Currently the observatory has a Canon Rebel DSL Camera, a Starlight Express CCD Camera, a Web Cam, and a H Alpha Solar filter for student use.
Robert Black he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-842-5308
Former Principal,Ron Beick, for seeing the project through to completion, Mark Winner for building the Observatory, and Dave Bloomsness for helping in the design, set-up, and maintenance of the observatory.
The observatory serves two main purposes. The first purpose is to allow current astronomy students the opportunity to operate a telescope and view astronomical targets in the night sky. Each student will be expected to attend two star parties each year, one in the Fall and another in the Spring. The second purpose is to conduct long term research to fulfill Senior Project requirements.
Student Observatory Directors
Each spring, students will be invited to fill out an application to become Student Observatory Directors. Those chosen will be taught how to operate each computer driven telescope and they will choose a Senior Research Project. Student Observatory Directors will work closely with Mr.Black and assist him in evening star parties as well as schedule time to conduct research on cloud-less nights.
Mr. Dave Bloomness is a long time volunteer, right hand man, and integral part of the North Medford High School Astronomy Program. His expertise is appreciated by everyone involved with the program!