The Middlebury College Observatory dome, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall on the Middlebury campus, houses a 24-inch (0.6-meter) aperture, f/8 Ritchie-Chrétien reflecting telescope, manufactured by DFM Engineering of Longmont, Colorado.

The telescope is equipped with 2048×2048-pixel and 4096×4096-pixel CCD cameras for direct imaging, has the capability of mounting a grating spectrograph directly on the telescope, and supports visual observing.

The original telescope and instrumentation were funded in part with grants from the National Science Foundation and from the Kresge Foundation. The telescope was installed in February 2001. (To view pictures of the installation of the 24-inch telescope, click on the image below.)

Major upgrades to the telescope, dome, and instrumentation, as well as optics realuminization, were performed during the summer of 2015 with support from the Michele and David Mittelman (’76) Family Foundation.

slide show, telescope installation, 2001

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