Swasey Observatory

Established
1909
Overview
Built in 1909, the Swasey Observatory is home to a 9-inch refracting telescope, an astronomy library and dark rooms.
History & Architecture
In 1909, Denison University Trustee Ambrose Swasey contributed the funding to build an observatory, which he also furnished with its original astronomical equipment. At that time, his firm, the Warner & Swasey Co. of Cleveland, had manufactured many of the world’s finest and largest telescopes. Built of white Vermont marble, the interior was renovated and the outer dome replaced in 1970.
The Observatory’s Warner & Swasey 9-inch refracting telescope, which looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel, offers students incredible views of the moon, the spot on Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn.

What's Happening Here

Observatory Open House

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 (beginning at 8:30pm), the Department of Physics & Astronomy will host an open house at the Swasey Observatory.

Observatory Open House

The Department of Physics & Astronomy will host an open house at the Swasey Observatory.

Swasey Observatory - Looking Back

The 1909 observatory first stood like a white marble temple of science on the ridge of College Hill, at a time when chapel walk was still a dirt path.