The Hiltner 2.4-meter Telescope


The Kitt Peak National Observatory is located on Kitt Peak of the Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert on the Tohono O'odham Nation. With over twenty optical and two radio telescopes, it is one of the largest gatherings of astronomical instruments in the northern hemisphere.

MDM is owned and operated by a consortium of five educational institutions — Dartmouth College, The Ohio State University, Columbia University, The University of Michigan and Ohio University. The MDM Observatory consists of 2 reflecting telescopes. The telescope is named after William Albert Hiltner, who discovered the interstellar polarization of starlight.

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The Hiltner 2.4-meter Telescope

Name(s) MDM Observatory - Hiltner Telescope
Status Operational
Broad Science Goals Galactic surveys
Site Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, USA
Location Coordinates 31  57' 05"N
111 36' 56"W
Altitude 1938.5 meters (6360 feet)
Optical Design Ritchey-Chretien
Field of View  
Diameter: Primary M1 2.4 meters
Material: Primary M1 Aluminum-coated Cer-Vit
Diameter: Secondary M2 0.68 meters
Material: Secondary M2 Aluminum-coated Cer-Vit
Diameter: Tertiary M3 0.44 meters
Material: Tertiary M3 Aluminum-coated Cer-Vit
Mount fork-mounted equatorial
First Light Date 1986
Adaptive Optics  
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