Kretschmar Observatory

An observatory was planned for the top of the third floor when Kretschmar Hall was built in 1962. However, since the third floor was not built at that time, neither was the observatory. When a third floor was finally added, it provided an opportunity to complete add this feature.

The construction of the Kretschmar Observatory has allowed Walla Walla University to take a leading role in supporting students in an age when they are being challenged to learn and integrate tremendous advances in the understanding of our universe. This is an opportunity that should not be missed.

The observatory is situated on the roof of Kretschmar Hall and is accessible via stair from the third floor of Kretschmar Hall and via elevator from Chan Shun Pavilion. It is currently equipped with a 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and an external observation deck for use by smaller telescopes.

Public Observing

Next public observation date:

Monday, October 2, 2018
8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, check this website for cancellation notifications.

Roy Campbell

Professor of Physics

(509) 527-2882

Enter the observatory from the Kretschmar Hall south stairwell.

The observatory dome from the west.

Another view of the telescope.

The 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

A view from the outside looking into the open dome.

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