SMARTS 1.3-meter Telescope


The SMARTS Consortium operates four small telescopes on Cerro Tololo in Chile. Membership in SMARTS is open to individuals or institutions, including international partners.

The SMARTS 1.3-meter telescope was used for the 2-micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS), which was an astronomical survey of the whole sky in the infrared, before SMARTS took over its operation in 2001 following the survey’s completion.

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


SMARTS 1.3-meter Telescope

Name(s) SMARTS 1.3-meter Telescope
Status Operational 
Broad Science Goals  
Site Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile 
Location Coordinates 30º10′02.81’S
Optical Design Cassegrain Reflector telescope
Field of View  
Diameter: Primary M1 1.3 meters
Material: Primary M1  
Diameter: Secondary M2  
Material: Secondary M2  
Mount Equatorial mount
First Light Date 1998
Adaptive Optics  
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