Observatory, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

The 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.

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