N 33° 34' 31.1977"
W 81° 46' 11.7431"
N 33° 34' 29.14440"
W 81° 46' 10.73198"
The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC) Observatory is on the roof of the RPSEC on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken. The observatory building was manufactured by Observadome in Jackson, Mississippi. It is five meters in diameter and has a rotating domed roof. The RPSEC Observatory houses the Bechtel Telescope. Bechtel Savannah River Inc. and the Bechtel Foundation donated $30,000 to purchase the telescope for the RPSEC Observatory. Because of this generosity, the telescope now bears the company's name. On June 18, 2009, The RPSEC Observatory was struck by lightning and the Bechtel Telescope was damaged beyond repair. Through generosity of the company and support from insurance, a new Bechtel Telescope was purchased and installed in May 2010.
Weather permitting, the RPSEC housing the Bechtel Telescope, will be open for viewing after each public show.
The Bechtel Telescope is a 16 inch, Meade LX-200GPS, Schmidt-Cassegrain, catadiaptric telescope. What does all of that mean?
There is a good description of how telescopes work at Meade Instruments Corporation. This page has some diagrams to help explain how the telescopes work.