Van Vleck Observatory

Van Vleck Observatory
Organization Wesleyan University
Location Middletown, Connecticut
Altitude metres (feet)
24 inch Perkin research telescope 20 inch Alvan Clark great refractor
16 inch Meade LX200GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain.

Van Vleck Observatory (VVO, IAU code 298) is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Wesleyan University. It was built in 1914 and named after the former head of the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at the university, Prof. John M. Van Vleck. It is located in Middletown, Connecticut (USA).


  • Frederick Slocum, 1915-44
  • Carl Leo Stearns, 1944-60
  • Thornton L. Page, 1960-71
  • Arthur R. Upgren, 1973-93
  • William Herbst, 1993-99
  • John Salzer, 1999-2004
  • William Herbst, 2004-

See also


  1. Van Vleck Observatory homepage. VVO. Retrieved on October 31., 2007.

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