Curtis Schmidt Telescope


The Curtis Schmidt Telescope is located on Cerro Tololo in Chile by an agreement with the University of Michigan that makes two-thirds of the time available to visitors and staff, as it was previously located at the University of Michigan's Portage Lake Observatory. 

It is named for Heber D. Curtis, Director of the University of Michigan Observatories from 1930 to 1942.

For scientists: More details can be found on the science page.


Curtis Schmidt Telescope

Name(s) Curtis Schmidt Telescope
Status Operational
Broad Science Goals The telescope is dedicated to optical studies of artificial space debris. Projects include optical surveys for debris and follow-up observations to determine orbits and photometric properties of recently discovered debris.
Site Cerro Tololo, Chile
Location Coordinates 30º 10’ 08.60’S
70º 48’ 22.63’W
Type Optical
Optical Design f/3.5 Reflecting Schmidt 
Field of View  
Diameter: Primary M1 0.61 meters
Material: Primary M1  
Diameter: Secondary M2  
Material: Secondary M2  
Mount English style
First Light Date 1967
Adaptive Optics  
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