KMTNet 1.6-meter Telescope

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The wide-field photometric survey system called the Korea Microlensing Telescope Network (KMTNet) consists of three sites in the southern hemisphere (Chile, South Africa, and Australia). The purpose of having three telescopes in three different time zones is to have uninterrupted monitoring of night sky sources in the southern hemisphere. 

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KMTNet 1.6-meter Telescope

Name(s) KMTNet 1.6-meter Telescope
Status Operational
Broad Science Goals The KMTNet aims primarily to discover extrasolar planets based on the analyses of gravitational microlensing phenomena, especially the detection of Earth-mass planets in the habitable zone.
Site Cerro Tololo, Chile 
Location Coordinates 30º 10’ 01.84’S
70º 48’ 17.24’W 
Altitude 2167 meters (7110 feet)
Enclosure 9.2-meter dome from ASH-DOME 
Optical Design  
Field of View 2.0 by 2.0 square degree
Diameter: Primary M1 1.6 meters
Material: Primary M1 N/A
Diameter: Secondary M2 N/A
Material: Secondary M2 N/A
Mount Fork-type equatorial mount 
First Light Date  
Adaptive Optics N/A
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