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Bisdee Tier

The Project

The UTAS School of Mathematics and Physics will build a new optical astronomy observatory on Bisdee Tier, east of the Midland Highway at Spring Hill in Tasmania.  The peak at Bisdee Tier has been selected by a team under the direction of Dr John Greenhill as one of the best sites in the state in relation to average cloud cover, quality of astronomical seeing, light pollution and accessibility. Although it is just an hour's drive from Hobart, light pollution is negligible and is expected to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

The observatory building will have a rotatable dome housing the new telescope and the associated spectrograph, computer and control rooms.  A second building will serve as quarters for observers and provide facilities for students, researchers and visitors.

Bisdee Tier Observatory

The new observatory will replace Mount Canopus as the facility for:-
A new, modern observatory will be a significant attraction to top students seeking world-class facility and research training in leading-edge techniques and technology.  This will enhance the degree program in physics and increase student numbers by creating new, high-profile research opportunities.

A new observatory has the potential to be a flagship facility capturing the imagination and support of a wide segment of society. Engagement with the community is at the heart of this effort.  The proposed new facility represents growth for UTAS astronomy programs and for the community as a whole.