|School of Mathematics & Physics
Discipine of Physics
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
Canopus Hill Observatory houses a one metre telescope and is situated
approximately 12 km from Hobart. Because of its high southern latitude
(43° South) the telescope provides opportunities for study of the Magellanic Clouds throughout the year.
Telescope instrumentation includes a 2-channel high speed photometer with UBVR and clear filters and a CCD photometer with SITe 512 × 512 pixel backside-thinned CCD and 6-channel filter wheel. Johnson-Cousins BVRI, Washington CM, and a small selection of narrowband filters (Hα, Ca HK, DDO51) are available. These are mounted at the f/11 Cassegrain focus. The observatory owns a high resolution Coudé spectrograph which is currently being retro-fitted for use with an optical fibre system. Auto-guiding is achieved with an auxilary telescope and fast imager. We are currently examining the potential to improve image quality by active cooling of the primary mirrow during daylight hours.
If you are interested in visiting the observatory, please telephone the
School of Mathematics & Physics on
+61(0)3 6226 2439
|The Mount Canopus Observatory must
soon close owing to encroaching light pollution from the Hobart
suburbs. However, the future of Tasmanian optical astronomy is bright:
a state-of-the-art 1.3m telescope is planned to see first light in
2010. The new observatory will be located at "Bisdee Tier".
|Created: September 2009 by Tammy Riley
Last modified: September 2009
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