Tombaugh Observatory

The Tombaugh Observatory is our teaching and public outreach facility on NMSU’s main campus.

If you are interested in the Open House events held during the school year and open to the general public, click here.

If you are an undergraduate student in one of the ASTR 1115G or ASTR 1120G classes looking for information and whether the observatory is open tonight, click here.

The Tombaugh Observatory is equipped with two Celestron 11″ CPC1100 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, a 16″ Meade Starfinder Dobsonian telescope, various smaller telescopes, and a telescope custom-built by Clyde Tombaugh and operated by the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces.