University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, Ohio 43606
The Brooks Observatory opened in 1987 at the University of Toledo. The observatory is operated by the Ritter Planetarium and is dedicated to public education. The 12-foot Ash Dome is in the center of a 25- by 50-foot observing deck which has an additional four observing piers for smaller semi-portable instruments, including two 10-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. The facility is located on the roof of McMaster Hall. Most evening public planetarium programs are followed by observing at the Brooks Observatory, weather permitting. Depending on the seeing conditions, attendance, and astronomical events, the nightly observing schedule includes one to three objects. Observed objects have included all of the planets save Pluto, the Moon, comets, binary stars, and dozens of nebulae and galaxies.
In May 2015 the Brooks Observatory began a renovation and upgrade project. The vintage brass telescope was removed and placed in storage. The dome was removed and repainted and the observatory structure was somewhat shortened. A new, computerized, 14-inch Celestron telescope on a hydraulic pier was to be added. Completion of the project and public opening were expected for fall, 2015.