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The observatory is an astronomical teaching and research facility on the Agnes Scott College campus. It contains the 70-seat Delafield Planetarium and a 100-seat capacity lecture hall.
The Bradley Observatory (84 17 38.98 W, 33 45 54.84 N) is an astronomical teaching and research facility located on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.

The Observatory contains the 70-seat Delafield Planetarium and a 100-seat capacity lecture hall. The building also contains a library/seminar room, 3 faculty offices, a darkroom, a student computer lab, and an observing plaza for astronomical viewing. The large dome atop the Observatory houses the 30-inch Lewis H. Beck telescope.

Astronomy Before Galileo - Humans have been gazing at the stars since they could look up, and have kept written records about motions in the heavens for millenia. This year, we will explore the rich history of astronomy and astronomical thought that predates Galileo. Our speakers will come from a variety of ancient disciplines including astronomy, architecture, classical studies, history and theology.
Optical Telescopes
The Beck Telescope: The Beck Telescope, a 30-inch reflector. This 1930 vintage Cassegrain has a Warner & Swasey mounting with optical elements by J.W. Fecker. It was completely refurbished and modified for its installation in 1950 by the Perkin-Elmer Corporation.

Other Optical Telescopes:
BulletEight Meade ETX-EC90 M-C telescopes. Used in Astronomy 120.
BulletSix Celestron 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. Used in Astronomy 120.
BulletOne Meade LX50 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with Magellan II System. Used in Astronomy 121.
BulletOne Meade LX50 10-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with Magellan II System. Used in Astronomy 121.
BulletBradley Radio Telescope (BrAT): A 3.1 m diameter radio telescope with receivers at K, U and L bands (1.3 cm, 2 cm, 21 cm).
Bradley Observatory
Bradley Observatory Open House Series
Humans have been gazing at the stars since they could look up, and have kept written records about motions in the heavens for millenia. This year, we will explore the rich history of astronomy and astronomical thought that predates Galileo. Our speakers will come from a variety of ancient disciplines including astronomy, architecture, classical studies, history and theology. See these events listed in the Metro Atlanta events page here.

To schedule a field trip to the Bradley Observatory during the academic year (September to May), please email observatory@agnesscott.edu.
Contact, Address, Directions, Parking Info and Website
Phone: 404-471-6000 - Address: Department of Physics & Astronomy, Agnes Scott College 141 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 - Bradely Observatory & Delafield Planetarium Website

Directions From downtown Atlanta: Take Ponce de Leon east until it hits Church Street. Turn right on Church Street. The second light will be Trinity. Take a left on Trinity, cross the railroad tracks (College Ave.), and you will be on Candler Rd. southbound. As you just pass the main part of campus, look for E. Dougherty St. on your right. Turn right and park as directed above.

Parking - Handicapped-accessible parking is available adjacent to the observatory. Other visitors are requested to use campus parking lots accessible via E. Dougherty St. and South McDonough St. There is on-street parking along E. Dougherty, or in the parking lot to your right past the black construction fence. Additional parking is available off of S. McDonough St.: follow Dougherty to the four-way stop, either turn left and take your first left into the parking lot, or turn right and park in the large parking deck on the left. The sidewalk to Bradley Observatory is found between the Woodruff Physical Activities Building and Gellerstedt Field, to the left (south) side of E. Dougherty.
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