Professors Russ Genet and Pat Len
|Cuesta College, a two-year
community college, is located in San Luis Obispo on California’s central coast.
The main campus is just off of the famed scenic costal highway, California 1,
half way between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. The North County Campus is
located in Paso Robles, while the Arroyo Grande Center is located to the south.
Cuesta College’s enrollment is about 15,000.
Robin White (left) and Russ Genet (arm raised) assist students in the Bowen
|Astronomy at Cuesta College
is taught by Drs. James Eickemeyer, Russell Genet, and Patrick Len. Robin White
is the Observatory Assistant. Cheryl Genet is a volunteer lecture assistant.
Three courses are taught: Astronomy 10 Lecture, Astronomy 10 Lab, and Astronomy 93
Research Seminar. The Astronomy 10 Lecture courses are taught during the day on
the main campus by Drs. Eickemeyer and Len and at night by
Dr. Genet. The Astronomy 10 Lab is taught during the day by Dr. Len. The
Astronomy 93 Research Seminar is an evening course taught by Dr. Genet
(main campus) that features student research at the Cuesta College and other
Mead 14 inch computer controlled telescope
|The Cuesta College Bowen
Celestial Observatory on the main campus features a 14-inch computer-controlled
Meade LX-200 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, a Santa Barbara Instrument Group
CCD camera, and various other telescopes and instruments. The North County
Campus has two 8-inch Meade computer controlled telescopes,
cameras, and other instrumentation. The observatory is equipped for student
astrometric measurements of asteroids, and photometry measurements of vari-able
stars including eclipsing binaries.