Earth-Based Observatories

Local Observatories
Chamberlin Observatory - University of Denver
Meyer-Womble Observatory - University of Denver
Meyer-Womble - Mt Evans

Local Organizations & Institutions
Denver Astronomical Society
Fiske Planetarium - University of Colorado

Aperture (meters)

Name

Location

Latitude; Longitude; Altitude

Comments

10.4 Gran Telescopio Canarias La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain 28 46 N; 17 53 W
2400 m
Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos; segmented mirror based on Keck
10.0 Keck Mauna Kea, Hawaii 19 50 N; 155 28 W
4123 m
each mirror composed of 36 segments
operated separately or in tandem as the Keck Interferometer
Keck II
~10 SALT South African Astronomical Observatory 32 23 S; 20 49 E; 1759 m based on the HET design
9.2 Hobby-Eberly Mt. Fowlkes, Texas 30 40 N; 104 1 W
2072 m
very inexpensive: spherical segmented mirror; fixed elevation; spectroscopy only
8.4 Large Binocular Telescope Mt. Graham, Arizona 32 42 N; 109 53 W
3170 m
a pair of 8.4-m mirrors on one mount giving the light gathering of an 11.8m and eventually the resolution of a 23-m
8.3 Subaru Mauna Kea, Hawaii 19 50 N; 155 28 W
4100 m
NAOJ
8.2 Antu Cerro Paranal, Chile 24 38 S; 70 24 W
2635m
operated separately or as units of the VLT Interferometer
Kueyen
Melipal
Yepun
8.1 Gillett Mauna Kea, Hawaii 1950 N; 155 28 W
4100 m
aka Gemini North
Gemini South Cerro Pachon, Chile 30 20 S;70 59 W (approx)
2737 m
twin of Gemini North
6.5 MMT Mt. Hopkins, Arizona 31 41 N; 110 53 W
2600 m
Walter Baade La Serena, Chile 29 00.2 S; 4 42 48 W
2282 m
aka Magellan I; Las Campanas Obs.
Landon Clay aka Magellan II
6.0 Bolshoi Teleskop Azimutalnyi Nizhny Arkhyz, Russia 43 39 N; 41 26 E
2070m
Large Altazimuth Telescope
LZT British Columbia, Canada 49.28 N; 122.57 W
395m
Liquid mirror, points only at the zenith; UBC
5.0 Hale Palomar Mountain, California 33 21 N; 116 52 W
1900 m
4.2 William Herschel La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain 28 46 N; 17 53 W
2400 m
Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos
SOAR Cerro Pachon, Chile 70 44 W; 30 14 S
2738 m
Brazil/USA; CTIO
LAMOST Xinglong Station, China 105 50 E ? , 40 23 N
950 m
Beijing Astronomical Observatory; wide field spectroscopy
4.0 Victor Blanco Cerro Tololo, Chile 30 10 S;70 49 W
2200 m
CTIO
3.9 Anglo-Australian Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia 31 17 S;149 04 E Siding Spring Obs.
3.8 Mayall Kitt Peak, Arizona 31 57 N; 111 37 W
2100 m
NOAO
UKIRT Mauna Kea, Hawaii 19 50 N; 155 28 W
4200 m
dedicated to infrared
3.7 AEOS Maui, Hawaii 20 42 30 N; 156 15 29 W
3058 m
mostly military
3.6 "360" Cerro La Silla, Chile 29 15 S; 70 44 W
2400 m
European Southern Obs.
Canada-France-Hawaii Mauna Kea, Hawaii 19 50 N; 155 28 W
4200 m
Telescopio Nazionale Galileo La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain 28 45 N; 17 53 W
2387 m
Italian
3.5 MPI-CAHA Calar Alto, Spain 37 13 N; 2 33 W
2200 m
New Technology Cerro La Silla, Chile 29 15 S; 70 44 W
2400 m
European Southern Obs.
ARC Apache Point, New Mexico 32 47 N; 105 49 W
2788 m
mostly remote controlled
WIYN Kitt Peak, Arizona 31 57 N; 111 37 W
2100 m
Wisconsin, Indiana, Yale, NOAO
Starfire Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
1900 m
military
3.0 Shane Mount Hamilton, California 37 21 N; 121 38 W
1300 m
Lick Observatory
NASA IRTF Mauna Kea, Hawaii 19 50 N; 155 28 W
4160 m
infrared
2.7 Harlan Smith Mt. Locke, Texas 30 40 N; 104 1 W
2100 m
McDonald Obs.; see also
2.6 BAO Byurakan, Armenia 40 20N; 44 17 E
1405 m
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory
Shajn Crimea, Ukraine 44 44 N; 34 E
600 m
Crimean Astrophysical Observatory
2.5 Hooker Mt. Wilson, California 34 13N; 118 4 W
1700 m
built in 1917
Isaac Newton La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain 28 45 N; 17 53 W
2382 m
Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos
Nordic Optical
du Pont La Serena, Chile 29 00.2 S; 4 42 48 W
2282 m
Las Campanas Obs.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey Apache Point, New Mexico 32 47 N; 105 49 W
2788 m
huge wide-field detector
2.45 CHARA Mt. Wilson, California 34 13N; 118 4 W
1700 m
interferometer using 6 1-m scopes
2.4 Hiltner Kitt Peak, Arizona 31 57 N; 111 37 W
2100 m
MDM Observatory
Lijiang Lijiang City, China 26 52 N; 100 14 E
3250 m
Yunnan Observatory (near Dayan)
2.3 WIRO Jelm Mtn., Wyoming 41 03 N; 106 00 W
2900 m
infrared
ANU Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia 31 17 S;149 04 E Siding Spring Obs.
Bok Kitt Peak, Arizona 31 57 N; 111 37 W
2100 m
Steward Obs.
Vainu Bappu Kavalur, India 12 34 N; 78 50 E
700 m
Indian Institude of Astrophysics
Aristarchos Mt. Helmos, Greece 37 59 N; 22 12 E
2340 m
National Observatory of Athens
2.2 ESO-MPI Cerro La Silla, Chile 29 15 S; 70 44 W
2335 m
MPI-CAHA Calar Alto, Spain 37 13 N; 2 33 W
2200 m
UH Mauna Kea, Hawaii 19 50 N; 155 28 W
4200 m
3x1.65 Infrared Spatial Interferometer Mt. Wilson, California 34 13N; 118 4 W
1700 m
interferometer using 3 1.65m infrared scopes

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