MicroObservatory Donald

MicroObservatory is a network of automated telescopes that can be controlled over the Internet. The telescopes were developed by scientists and educators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and were designed to enable youth nationwide to investigate the wonders of the deep sky from their classrooms or after-school centers.

The MicroObservatory Donald telescope is located on the summit of Cerro Tololo. It is named after Donald Menzel.


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MicroObservatory Donald

Name(s)

MicroObservatory Donald

Status

Operational

Broad Science Goals

Educational Telescope

Site

Cerro Tololo, Chile

Location Coordinates

30º 10’ 04.33"S

70º 48’ 19.36’"W

Altitude

2116 meters (6940 feet)

Enclosure

None

Type

Optical 

Optical Design

Maksutov 

Field of View

Multiple: 0.5 degrees, 1 degree, 10 degree

Diameter: Primary M1

0.150 meters

Material: Primary M1

Pyrex

Mount

Four-axis mount employing both polar and Alt-Az systems.

First Light Date

2019

Adaptive Optics

None

Images taken with the MicroObservatory Donald

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Images of the MicroObservatory Donald 

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Videos of the MicroObservatory Donald

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Press Releases with the MicroObservatory Donald

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