Astronomy at Florida Tech

FIT Telescopes

The Astronomy Group at Florida Tech is concerned with observational and theoretical studies of planets, stars, galaxies, extragalactic jets, and supermassive black holes. Planetary science is the focus of Drs. Neish and Ragozzine. Drs. Batcheldor and Perlman lead the extragalactic effort. Dr. Oluseyi has interests ranging from solar/stellar atmospheres, to cosmology, to CCD device physics. More detailed descriptions of individual faculty member's active research projects can be found under our home page links above or below.

The Olin Physical Sciences Center is topped with the Ortega 0.8-m telescope - the largest research telescope in the state.

Florida Tech is a founding member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), which consists of 12 universities primarily in the southeastern United States. SARA has recommissioned a 0.9-m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona for CCD imaging and photometry. The SARA Observatory is typically accessed and controlled remotely over the Internet. We have recently refurbished a 0.6-m telescope at CTIO in Chile, and are working on a 1.0-m on the Canary Islands.

Ortega Telescope Documentation

Ortega Telescope Documentation

Information for students and faculty on using the largest research telescope in Florida.


Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Astronomical images taken with the 0.8 meter Ortega telescope.


About SARA

About SARA

SARA is a consortium of twelve universities. Our mission is to foster astronomical research and education in the southeastern United States.

Public Science Lecture Series

Astronomy Public Lecture Series

Join us on the fourth Friday of the month for our Public Science Lecture Series. After the lecture, and weather permitting, the public are invited up to the observatory to look through the Ortega telescope.