The Clinton B. Ford Observatory was built in 1998 with funding from the estate of Clinton B. Ford, the National Science Foundation, and Ithaca College. Clint Ford was a former trustee of the college. He 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, so the acquisition of celestial objects is easy and very accurate.

Clinton B. Ford Telescope Observatory