Hardware

The telescope was manufactured by DFM Engineering. It is equipped with three cameras: two imagers (an SBIG ST-8E CCD with 7×5 arcmin field of view; and an SBIG Research STL-11000M wide-field CCD with a 19×13 arcmin field of view), plus a dedicated guider. More than twenty filters are available that cover wide and narrow bands from the infra-red (IR) to the ultra-violet (UV). We also have an SBIG Self-Guided Spectrograph, which pairs with the SBIG ST-8E Camera.

The original imaging system attained first light on August 16, 2000, and the wide-field imaging system attained “second light” on September 23, 2004.

The facility is currently run by the UMBC Physics Department and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The telescope was manufactured by DFM Engineering. It is equipped with three cameras: two imagers (an SBIG ST-8E CCD with 7×5 arcmin field of view; and an SBIG Research STL-11000M wide-field CCD with a 19×13 arcmin field of view), plus a dedicated guider. More than twenty filters are available that cover wide and narrow bands from the infra-red (IR) to the ultra-violet (UV). We also have an SBIG Self-Guided Spectrograph, which pairs with the SBIG ST-8E Camera.

 

Telescope Specifications

  • 32″ ( 0.81 m ) f/8
  • Cassegrain, equatorial fork-mount
  • 256″ ( 6500 mm ) focal length
  • 31.7″/mm plate scale
  • Fully remote-operation capable

Site Specifications

  • 39° 15′ 16.32″ N
  • 76° 42′ 34.2″ W
  • Elevation 95 m
  • True north is 18° counterclockwise w.r.t. the axis of the building.