Telescope Data Center
The Big Task of Running Big Telescopes
The CfA’s large visible-light observatories include the MMT Observatory and other telescopes at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) in Arizona as well as the Magellan Telescopes in Chile. TDC staff handle observation proposals from astronomers, assist researchers with planning their observations, and archives data from the telescopes.
The TDC also provides essential services for processing data, taking raw observations from the telescope and turning them into a polished product ready for analysis by the astronomers who performed the observation.