OIR Facilities

0 F L Whipple Observatory

The major instrument on Mt. Hopkins is the MMT Observatory's 6.5-m-diameter optical telescope. The current suite of FLWO telescopes includes a 1.2-m-diameter imaging optical telescope; the 1.5-m Tillinghast optical spectroscopic telescope; the HAT (Hungarian-made Automated Telescope) array of five small optical telescopes; the MINERVA array of four 70-cm optical telescopes; the MEarth array of eight 40-cm optical telescopes; and the VERITAS array of four 12-m telescopes for gamma-ray astronomy.

1.5 Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope will be one of the few super giant earth-based telescopes that promises to revolutionize our view and understanding of the universe. It will be constructed at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Commissioning of the telescope is scheduled to begin in 2021.

1.8 magellan telescope

The Las Campanas Observatory on Cerro Las Campanas in Chile, operates twin 6.5-m optical telescopes for a consortium of institutions, which includes Harvard University, the Carnegie Observatories, MIT, the University of Michigan, and the University of Arizona. Separated by 60 m, the twin telescopes afford fine "natural seeing," from an elevation of 2400 m (8000 feet) in the Chilean Andes and unparalleled access to the Southern Hemisphere skies for astronomers.

2 MMT Observatory

The MMT Observatory, a 6.5-meter-diameter optical telescope, is located on the summit of Mt. Hopkins at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, 30 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. The telescope (operated jointly by SAO and the University of Arizona) includes a suite of advanced wide-field imagers and spectrographs developed and deployed for the MMT by SAO scientists.

6  VERITAS image

VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) is a major ground-based gamma-ray observatory with an array of four 12m optical reflectors for gamma-ray astronomy in the GeV - TeV energy range. Located at FLWO in Arizona, it consists of an array of imaging telescopes that permit the maximum versatility and give the highest sensitivity in the detection of light created by cosmic gamma rays striking the earth's atmosphere.