Minnesota State University - Mankato operates and maintains two observatories, each serving a unique role on campus and within the region.
Since 1990, the Andreas Observatory has been the primary site for upper-division coursework in astronomy and student-led research within the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The primary 0.5 meter telescope is equipped with SBIG CCDs and a spectrograph. It is currently the largest public telescope in operation in Minnesota.
The Standeford Observatory consists of a single 14-inch telescope installed in the dome and an assortment of 10-14 inch telescopes that can be operated manually at the facililty. Hundreds of students each year make use of these telescopes in coursework across the astronomy curriculum.