UBC Southern Observatory

The UBC Southern Observatory 0.35-meter telescope was made by the Halfmann company in Germany specifically for the site-testing campaign of the Thirty Meter Telescope. It was originally installed on Mauna Kea in 2006 and named T6. It was removed from Mauna Kea in 2008. After being in the TMT headquarters in Pasadena for several years, it was installed at CTIO in 2013 and belongs to the University of British Columbia, Canada.

UBC Southern Observatory

Name(s)

UBC Southern Observatory

Status

Operational 

Broad Science Goals

  • The UBC has been used for a variety of projects, many of which were conducted by undergraduate and graduate students at UBC. These include measurement of light curves of asteroids, observations of transiting exoplanets, QSOs, galaxies and clusters of galaxies.

Site

Cerro Tololo, Chile

Location Coordinates

30º 10’ 04.33"S

70º 48’ 19.36"W

Altitude

2205.9 meters (7237 feet)

Enclosure

Canvas dome 

Type

Optical

Optical Design

Cassegrain

Field of View

0.6 x 0.6 degrees

Diameter: Primary M1

0.35 meter

Material: Primary M1

 

Mount

Equatorial

First Light Date

2013

Adaptive Optics

None

Images taken with the UBC Southern Observatory

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Images of the UBC Southern Observatory

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Videos of the UBC Southern Observatory

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Press Releases with the UBC Southern Observatory

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