FLWO Facilities

Located near Amado, Arizona, on Mount Hopkins, the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory has the following facilities:

1.5-meter Tillinghast (60-inch) telescope

Reflector telescope for solar system, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy.

1.2-meter (48-inch) telescope

Reflector telescope for solar system, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy.

Hungarian Automated Telescope (HAT)
HAT

The HAT (Hungarian Automated Telescope) network of optical refractor telescopes, used for robotic observations of the night sky.

MEarth

MEarth is a transit survey of about 2000 nearby M-dwarf stars. It is a fully robotic system with 8 independent 0.4m-diameter reflectors that monitor these stars every night.

MINERVA

The MINiature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Array (MINERVA) is an array of small-aperture robotic telescopes outfitted for both photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy located at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory at Mt. Hopkins, Arizona.

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.