SMARTS 1.0-meter Telescope

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The Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System (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 1.0-meter is a reflecting telescope with a closed-tube Cassegrain design. Formerly known as the Yale 1.0-meter Telescope, it was originally located in Bethany, Connecticut, and was relocated to Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in 1972. As of August 2020, it is operated in robotic mode with an optical imaging camera.

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SMARTS 1.0-meter Telescope

Name(s) SMARTS 1.0-meter Telescope
Status Operational 
Broad Science Goals  
Site Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile
Location Coordinates 30º10′07.92’S
Altitude 2240 meters (7350 feet)
Optical Design Cassegrain Reflector telescope
Field of View  
Diameter: Primary M1 1.0 meters
Material: Primary M1  
Diameter: Secondary M2  
Material: Secondary M2  
First Light Date  
Adaptive Optics  
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