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Harvard University

Astronomy Lab and Clay Telescope

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The Clay Telescope

The Clay Telescope is located on the roof of the Science Center. It is a 16" (0.4 m) DFM engineered telescope. The telescope is fitted with a DFM filter wheel with Bessel filters (UBVRI and H-alpha) and is capable of taking quite nice photos considering the seeing and weather in Cambridge. The telescope is controlled using a Telescope Control System (TCS) and can also be controlled using The Sky software.

Currently, the telescope has two instruments. There is an Apogee Alta U47 imaging CCD (specifications). It has a FOV of 13' x 13'. We also have two SBig SGS spectrographs (detailed manual) with a SBig ST-7XME CCD (specifications) attached. Together the spectrographs offer three resolution grating options: low (3200 Angstrom range with 10 Angstrom resolution), medium (750 Angstrom range with 2.4 Angstrom resolution) and high (150Angstrom range with 1 Angstrom resolution).

The telescope was installed in the summer of 2007 by a generous donation by Landon T. Clay.

 

Telescope Forms and Documents

Telescope opening and closing procedure pdf html

CCD startup and shutdown pdf html

Spectrograph startup and shutdown html

Clay Telescope User Form pdf

Troubleshooting pdf

 

For current conditions and coordinates of the Clay Telescope, click here!

Check out the Clay Telescope photo gallery!!