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Shepherd Observatory

The James Wylie Shepherd Observatory

The James Wylie Shepherd Observatory at the University of Montevallo is currently under construction. When completed later this year, the facility will provide incomparable observing and educational opportunities. Located 3 miles from the main campus at the University’s 150-acre Gentry Springs property, the JWSO will feature a state-of-the-art Meade 20 inch RCX 400 Advanced Ritchey-Chrétien telescope installed in a fully robotic 15 foot diameter observatory dome. The remote location provides ideal dark skies, far removed from city lights, and offers spectacular views of any part of the night sky.

When further planned development is completed, the Observatory Complex will offer the region’s premiere completely accessible telescope as well as an outdoor planetarium/amphitheatre, educational exhibits and a visitor center in which groups can see images generated by the main telescope. Additional smaller scopes for solar and planetary observing will be placed at various locations outside the main dome.