Observing Experience

The following are observatories where myself or others in the group have carried out observations over the years ;

Mees Observatory

The C. E. K. Mees Observatory is owned by the University of Rochester and is located about 40 miles south of Rochester in Bristol Springs, New York. It houses a 60 cm Telescope Optical System in a standard Cassegrain configuration.

University of Toronto Southern Observatory

60 cm Telescope Optical System : Standard Cassegrain, f/15 Focal Length : 914 cm Primary Mirror : f/3.5, Focal Length: 213.05 cm Secondary Mirror : Diameter: 17.21 cm Vignetting-Free Field : 10 cm diameter (37 arc min) Finder/Guide Scope : Unitron 15 cm refractor, f/10 (40' field) Mount : German Mount

Geographical location of UTSO. Latitude : -29 00' 30" Longitude : 04h 42m 48s W (70 42' 00") Altitude : 2280 Meters.

Starfire Optical Range

1,5 Meter telescope used is to the lower right. New 3.5 meter telescope visible in center of picture. Located at Kirtland Air Force Base just outside of Albuqurque, New Mexico.

Perth Observatory : PERTH/LOWELL 61CM Cassegrainian Reflector (F13.5)

Located near Perth, Western Australia.

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Located on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii

NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

The NASA Infrared Telescope Facility is a 3-meter infrared telescope located at an altitude of 14,000 feet on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

Dominion Observatory 1.8 meter

DAO, Victoria Canada with 1.85 meter in forgeround and 1.22 meter behind.

Interior of 1.85 Meter Dome

Dominion Observatory 1.2 meter

Kitt Peak Observatory 60'' telescope

Located at Kitt Peak outside of Tucson, Arizona

International Ultraviolet Explorer

At a Mission Elapsed Time of 18 years, 8 months, 4 days, 1 hour, and 6 minutes, the International Ultraviolet Explorer spacecraft (7801201) was shut down at 18:42 UT (2:42 pm EDT), 30 September 1996. The last few days were concerned with some final observations of Jupiter, among other targets, as well as tests of the batteries and solar arrays to determine their efficiencies after prolonged exposure to the geospace environment. The science cameras were turned off earlier in the day, at 13:57 UT (9:57 am EDT), by commands from the VILSPA ground station near Madrid, Spain, from which the last year of science operations were conducted. Shortly afterward, preparations were made to drain the remaining hydrazine propellant from the spacecraft, which was completed around 17:30 UT (1:30 pm EDT). The batteries were then discharged, and the spacecraft as a whole was shut down.


A European X-ray Satellite used to observe Cygnus X-1.

Parkes Radiotelescope

This 64 meter radiotelescope is locate at latitude 32° 59' 59".8657, longitude +148° 15' 44".3591 (east of Greenwich), and its height above sea level is 391.79 m (i.e. it is in Eastern Australia)

University of Hawaii Northern Planetary Patrol 0.6m Telescope