The Department has a strong group in Astrophysics and
Cosmology. This is reflected in both teaching and research publications. The
University has a very large number of associates of the Inter-University
Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune. In order to strengthen the
training of students in observational Astronomy, the telescope facility at
the Department has been upgraded with the purchase of a 11 inch Celestron
telescope and a 9.25 inch Celestron telescope together with back-end instruments like a SBIG ST7 CCD Camera and an
OPTEC SSP3A stellar Photometer. A 3.5 meter Observatory has been imported from Sirius Observatories, Australia
which is being installed. The plan is the introduce/train students through projects and
ultimately integrate the observational Astronomy in the MSc syllabus. In
planning and purchase of the telescope, we gratefully acknowledge the help
rendered by IUCAA especially Ranjan Gupta and Arvind Paranjpye and of S. K.
Pandey of Ravi Shankar University, Raipur.
This Facility is being run by T. R. Seshadri and me.
Here are some pictures (a) of the facility (b) from the facility