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West Texas Observing Support

Observing Manuals, Technical Support, Emergency Contacts, and News

Non-UT Research Facilities Hosted at McDonald

  • las cumbres observatory global telescope

    Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope

    McDonald hosts one of the nodes of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope and receives 15% of the telescope time on the global network. The first 1 m telescope in the network achieved first-light at McDonald on March 31, 2012.

  • monet

    1.2 m MONET Telescope

    McDonald hosts one of the two robotically controlled telescopes of the MONET project. The twin is located in South Africa. Installation in West Texas began in November 2005. The Observatory will likely receive a 10-15% share of each instrument.

  • 20 in telescope

    20" Telescope

    The observatory hosts a 20" telescope for Boston University's Imaging Science program.

    Optical Aeronomy at Boston University

  • rotse telescope

    0.45 m ROTSE Telescope /IIIb

    McDonald hosts one of the four globally networked Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment telescopes, and receives 30% of the telescope's time.