CCD astrophotography of deep sky astronomical objects is possible at the RRRT (remotely or on-site) or at campus with smaller telescopes. Pictures of many Messier objects: galaxies, planetary nebulas, etc... have been obtained by many users and students.
Absolute and relative photometry using CCD cameras is performed for many astronomical objects at the RRRT. Currently we are performing relative photometry of exo-planets, Blazars and variable stars. Savart plates are used for imaging polarimetry.
Courses in introductory astronomy, observational astronomy and advanced astronomy are offer regularly by the department. The Planetarium is used to present digital Full-dome shows and descriptions of our night sky. Small telescopes are made available to students and the general public .
Norfolk State University’s Department of Physics offers courses in astronomy for undergraduate students and high school teachers. The department offers a traditional B.S. in Physics that can be complemented with several courses in astronomy. NSU also offers a Minor in Astronomy. The Department of Physics manages a 24 inches RC telescope at Fan Mountain, VA (the Rapid Response Robotic Telescope) and a digital, 120 seats, 24 ft dome Planetarium on campus. Several small telescopes on campus (from 8 up to 16 inches), CCD cameras and other telescopic auxiliary equipment are used in our classes. Regularly scheduled planetarium shows are offered during the academic year and are free and open to the general public. The Planetarium is also open to civic organizations and local schools.