Equipment

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-Chr├ętien reflecting telescope, manufactured by DFM Engineering of Longmont, Colorado.

The telescope is equipped with a 1024×1024-pixel CCD camera for direct imaging, has the capability of mounting a grating spectrograph directly on the telescope, and supports visual observing.

The 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.

slide show, telescope installation, 1999

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