The UVI Observatory, located at 1325 ft atop Crown Mountain on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, houses a research-grade 0.5 m automated Cassegrain telescope. The telescope is maintained and operated by astronomers at the University of the Virgin Islands, the College of Charleston, and South Carolina State University.

In addition to the permanent observatory staff and an enthusiastic group of volunteers, the facility hosts also UVI faculties from the physics department and collaborators. We invite you to explore this website to explore the Observatory, our activities (including our plan for an astronomy summer camp), research, and to obtain the latest Astronomy news.


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Etelman Observatory Virtual Tour (Credit: Axel Bartsch, Karl Dinang)



VIRTThe Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope (VIRT)

The Etelman Observatory houses the Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope (VIRT), a fully automated, robotically-controlled, and queue-driven 0.5m research-grade Cassegrain telescope. The telescope is maintained and operated by astronomers at the University of the Virgin Islands, the College of Charleston, and South Carolina State University. 

For more information on the Etelman Observatory, click here.