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Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory
Organization Cornell University
Location Ithaca, New York (USA)
Coordinates 42°27′26″N 76°23′4″W / 42.45722°N 76.38444°W / 42.45722; -76.38444
Altitude 579 meters
Webpage Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory
Unnamed Telescope 25-inch reflector

The Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory is located atop Mount Pleasant near the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (USA). It is used mainly as a teaching facility for upper-level astronomy classes at Cornell. The observatory is named in honor of M. John Hartung and Samuel L. Boothroyd. The telescope construction began in the 1930s and the observatory was built in 1974. The facility contains a 25-inch (640 mm) telescope and is equipped with a long slit spectrograph, a fiber-fed high resolution spectrograph, and CCD imaging equipment for the spectrometers and direct imaging use.

The main mirror was constructed as 1/8-scale practice before making the 200-inch (5.1 m) Palomar Observatory mirror. This test mirror sat in storage for many years before being put to good use at HBO.

A picture of the observatory appears in the background of the music video for "Stand" by R.E.M.

Nearby observatories

See also

External links

  • HBO - official site


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