The Astronomical Observatory of Centro Universitario Regional del Este (CURE) de la Universidad de la República is dedicated to university extension activities, to support teaching and research. The Observatory also provides technical advice to minimize the negative impact of light pollution and help preserve the darkness of the night sky. It depends on the University Development Pole (PDU) “Group for the Development of Physical Sciences and their Applications” based at the Rocha Headquarters of the CURE. Teachers in charge: Professor Adj. (G3) Dra. Andrea Sosa Oyarzabal (Responsible) and Assistant (G1) Professor-CES Valentina Pezano.
The Observatory’s main telescope is a 30cm diameter MEADE LX200 computerized reflector with an equatorial fork mount. It is used with a SBIG STT 1603 ME CCD camera and filter wheel. Theis equipment have been loaned by the Department of Astronomy of the Faculty of Sciences. The dome is a 2.4m diameter REB Ash-Dome, motorized and automatable. It was acquired with funds from the Physical Sciences PDU. The Observatory was inaugurated on September 2, 2016. The construction was in charge of Alberto Ceretta and Alejandro Pereira.