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Located on Mt. Hopkins in Arizona, the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA.
The major instrument on Mt. Hopkins is the MMT Observatory's 6.5-m-diameter optical telescope (operated jointly by SAO with the University of Arizona). Others include the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS), an array of Cerenkov telescopes operating at the FLWO Basecamp; the original 10-m gamma-ray Cerenkov telescope; the Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL), a 1.3-m infrared telescope (formerly the northern 2MASS telescope, now operated by SAO); a 1.2-m imaging optical/infrared telescope; and the 1.5-m Tillinghast spectroscopic telescope. FLWO is also home to HAT, the Hungarian Automated Telescope.
Learn more at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory web site.