York University to host Canada's biggest campus telescope

News Sep 19, 2017 North York Mirror

A $1-million telescope believed to be the largest situated on any Canadian campus will soon call York University home.

Funded by a recent donation of $500,000 from the Carswell Family Foundation, and matched by York University and its faculty of science, the one-metre custom telescope is expected to be up and running at the Keele Street and Steeles Avenue campus in late summer/early fall of 2018.

The observatory at York has been a prominent hub for science outreach to the broader community since 1969, the university said, adding about 5,000 visitors a year come for public viewing Wednesday nights.

In honour of Allan Carswell’s gift, his longtime contributions to science and long-standing philanthropy to the university and community, York also announced the observatory has been renamed the Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory in honour of the physics professor emeritus.

Allan is co-founder along with his wife Helen, of Optech Incorporated, which developed LIDAR technologies now used around the world and as part of NASA’s Phoenix Mars mission.

The observatory is already home to a fleet of astronomical telescopes, including 60- and 40-centimetre Cassegrains, and five 20-cm telescopes, which were used recently for the partial solar eclipse, attracting some 2,000 people to York’s Keele campus.

York University to host Canada's biggest campus telescope

Carswell Family Foundation donates $500,000

News Sep 19, 2017 North York Mirror

A $1-million telescope believed to be the largest situated on any Canadian campus will soon call York University home.

Funded by a recent donation of $500,000 from the Carswell Family Foundation, and matched by York University and its faculty of science, the one-metre custom telescope is expected to be up and running at the Keele Street and Steeles Avenue campus in late summer/early fall of 2018.

The observatory at York has been a prominent hub for science outreach to the broader community since 1969, the university said, adding about 5,000 visitors a year come for public viewing Wednesday nights.

In honour of Allan Carswell’s gift, his longtime contributions to science and long-standing philanthropy to the university and community, York also announced the observatory has been renamed the Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory in honour of the physics professor emeritus.

Allan is co-founder along with his wife Helen, of Optech Incorporated, which developed LIDAR technologies now used around the world and as part of NASA’s Phoenix Mars mission.

The observatory is already home to a fleet of astronomical telescopes, including 60- and 40-centimetre Cassegrains, and five 20-cm telescopes, which were used recently for the partial solar eclipse, attracting some 2,000 people to York’s Keele campus.

York University to host Canada's biggest campus telescope

Carswell Family Foundation donates $500,000

News Sep 19, 2017 North York Mirror

A $1-million telescope believed to be the largest situated on any Canadian campus will soon call York University home.

Funded by a recent donation of $500,000 from the Carswell Family Foundation, and matched by York University and its faculty of science, the one-metre custom telescope is expected to be up and running at the Keele Street and Steeles Avenue campus in late summer/early fall of 2018.

The observatory at York has been a prominent hub for science outreach to the broader community since 1969, the university said, adding about 5,000 visitors a year come for public viewing Wednesday nights.

In honour of Allan Carswell’s gift, his longtime contributions to science and long-standing philanthropy to the university and community, York also announced the observatory has been renamed the Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory in honour of the physics professor emeritus.

Allan is co-founder along with his wife Helen, of Optech Incorporated, which developed LIDAR technologies now used around the world and as part of NASA’s Phoenix Mars mission.

The observatory is already home to a fleet of astronomical telescopes, including 60- and 40-centimetre Cassegrains, and five 20-cm telescopes, which were used recently for the partial solar eclipse, attracting some 2,000 people to York’s Keele campus.