The Clinton B. Ford Observatory, built in 1998, was funded by a National Science Foundation Grant and named after a former trustee of the college. Ford had been an amateur astronomer and asked that his gift go toward the study of astronomy at the college.
The telescope is a model CCT-16, 0.4m f/8 Cassegrain telescope, manufactured by DFM Engineering, Inc. The telescope is contolled by a computer in the warm room to achieve a blind pointing accuracy typically better than 1 arc-minute. This is smaller than the field of view of our CCD camera on this telescope.