|Location||Ithaca, New York (USA)|
Fuertes Observatory is an observatory located on the North Campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The observatory was completed in fall of 1917 and was originally used by the Civil Engineering Department as an instructional field office for navigation and surveying. With increased building on the North Campus, Fuertes Observatory is no longer used for research but it still used for introductory Astronomy classes usually taught by grad students.
Day-to-day maintenance of the observatory is handled by the Cornell Astronomical Society, a group of Cornell undergraduates, graduates and Ithaca citizens. The Society offers public viewing nights on Friday evenings throughout the year.
The observatory contains a 12-inch refracting telescope with a mechanical clock drive, which is powered by weights in a manner similar to a grandfather clock. The drive is stable enough to allow the production of photographs of up to 20 minute duration without star trailing.
Nearby Observatories 
- Clinton B. Ford Observatory, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
- Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- Kopernik Space Education Center, Vestal, New York
See also 
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