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Discovery Park Campus 1651 W. Discovery Park Blvd.
Safford, AZ 85546, USA
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Discovery Park Campus is an astronomical observatory, part of Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus (formerly known as Discovery Park) in Safford, Arizona (USA). Opening on November 18, 1995, the observatory became Discovery Park’s first attraction. In addition to its telescope, a 20-inch Cassegrain reflector, it houses an astronomy exhibit gallery and a simulated voyage through the solar system aboard a “space shuttle”. Another of its attractions is a camera obscura, one of the world’s largest. It also conducts tours of Mount Graham International Observatory.

Our Camera Obscura was designed by Dr. Roger Angel, Regents Professor and Professor of Astronomy and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. He is also known for designing the revolutionary “spin-cast” honeycomb mirrors of up to 8.4m in diameter for extremely large telescopes at the University of Arizona – Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.

This Camera Obscura was fabricated in early 1990’s and incorporated into the building design as a Horizontal Camera Obscura; a mechanical blind on the southwest wall opens to allow light to enter the room and project the image of magnificent Mt. Graham onto a 12’x5’ screen on the opposing wall. One can easily see the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) situated on Mt. Graham at 10,500 ft. elevation in the image.

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Posted: 18 March, 2016

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