The Observatory used to be open to the public during FSU Astronomy Open House Events during times of the waxing cresent Moon during the Fall and Spring Academic Semesters.
Here was information about visiting the Observatory. Here was information about our support for Scouting.
A clear sky is required to use the observatory so weather forecasting is of interest. Here is the Clear Sky Clock for Fayetteville. based on data from the Canadian Meteorological Center. Here is the most recent weather forecast for Fayetteville from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Raleigh, NC, and here is the discussion of this forecast. Here are the Current Weather Conditions at the Fayetteville Regional Airport, and at Pope Airforce Base. Here is a nearly current IR image for the eastern US from GOES 8. Cloud cover movies from the aviation digital data service are useful. And here is the current Satellite/Surface Map from Unisys Weather (here is their symbol legend). Here is Vaisala's free lightning strike map (with a 20-40 minute delay).
This work studies the requirements for daytime observation of Venus, and describes a lab where students use a CCD camera to determine the temperature of a sunspot.
Images of Venus made in daylight at the FSU Observatory on 9-28-05 and 9-26-06 respectively. Venus was at full phase and only 8 degrees from the Sun when the latter image was obtained..
An image of sunspots made at the FSU Observatory on 10/31/03
Here is more information and images of the Sun obtained at the FSU Observatory in 2003.