Glenlea Observatory

The Winnipeg Centre operates an observatory at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station, just a 15 minute drive away from the city.

The observatory site is fully equipped with a concrete pad for telescope set-up, tables for accessories, an on-site warm room and washroom facilities.


The TelescopeS

Meade LX200

Our main instrument is a Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, which is equipped for GOTO positioning from the eyepiece or from the warm room in the adjoining building. We have recently also added capabilities for remote imaging from the warm room computer, allowing astronomers to control the telescope in comfort.

14" Dobsonian reflector

Also available at Glenlea is our 14" Dobsonian reflecting telescope. This large telescope is capable of viewing faint objects yet is very easy to use. While this telescope is not suitable for astrophotography (as it is not a tracking mount) it is a great tool for visual observing of our universe.

The Facilities

A fully-equipped observing site

The observatory site is fully equipped with a concrete pad for setting up telescopes as well as tables for charts and accessories to be laid out on. Included on site is a warm room and a composting toilet.

The warm room houses a Windows computer used for CCD imaging, photometry, and star chart generation. These facilities are available for year-round member use. The dome can be used by members in good standing for at least one year, and after completing a short training program.


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