Drawing of Observatory
Physical Facilities
Sperry Observatory began as a $150,000 endowment to what was then Union Junior College by Mrs. Carrie Regina Beinecke and son William, and was dedicated on May 21, 1967 in honor of William Miller Sperry, Mrs. Beinecke's father. Mr. Sperry was a local philanthropist, president of Sperry & Hutchinson Co., and an avid amateur astronomer.

Besides housing the two large telescopes, the observatory contains a classroom, a computer room, a machine shop, and an optical shop for amateur telescope making and repair.

In September of 2000, AAI dedicated the Barry D. Malpas observatory in our dark skies site in the Jenny Jump State Forest in Hope, New Jersey. This facility houses our new 14-inch Celestron C1400 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
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