Roper Mountain Science Center

Coordinates: 34°50′24″N 82°18′27″W / 34.84000°N 82.30750°W / 34.84000; -82.30750
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Roper Mountain Science Center
Location402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29615
TypeScience museum
OwnerGreenville County School District
WebsiteOfficial website

Roper Mountain Science Center is located in Greenville, South Carolina. It encompasses a campus containing facilities for studying life and natural sciences, space and physical sciences. Among its facilities are the Living History Farm, the Darrell W. Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, the Simms Hall of Science, the T.C. Hooper Planetarium, and the Daniel Observatory. The center is a part of the Greenville County School District.


Roper Mountain Science Center was started as a unique partnership between public and private resources. Initial planning for the center began in 1982 and the center opened in 1985.

Charles E. Daniel Observatory[edit]

Charles E. Daniel Observatory
LocationGreenville, South Carolina
Coordinates34°50′24″N 82°18′27″W / 34.84000°N 82.30750°W / 34.84000; -82.30750
Altitude363 metres (1,191 ft)
Halsted Refractor58.4 cm (23.0 in)
Roper Mountain Science Center is located in the United States
Roper Mountain Science Center
Location of Charles E. Daniel Observatory

The principal telescope at the observatory is a 58.4 cm (23.0 in) refracting telescope. the objective lens was made by Alvan Clark and Sons. The telescope, which was finished in 1882, was installed at the Halsted Observatory of Princeton University. The telescope was rebuilt in 1933 by J. W. Fecker Company. The telescope was transferred to the US Naval Observatory in 1964. In 1968, it was offered to the Greenville County School District. The telescope was renovated and an observatory was built through a donation from the Charles E. Daniel Family Foundation. It is the eighth largest refractor telescope in the United States.[1]


  1. ^ "Charles E. Daniel Observatory". Roper Mountain Science Center. Greenville County School District. Archived from the original on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

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