Greenhill Observatory

The Greenhill Observatory is an astronomical observatory operated by the University of Tasmania (UTAS) [1] on Bisdee Tier, near Spring Hill, Tasmania. The observatory is located roughly 50 km (30 miles) north of Hobart, (Australia). The nearest municipality is the village of Jericho. The observatory was officially opened by the Governor of Tasmania in February, 2013. The facility is named in honour of longtime University of Tasmania astrophysicist Dr John G. Greenhill (1933-2014).

Greenhill Observatory
Aerial view of the Greenhill Observatory showing the H127 dome
Alternative namesBisdee Tier Optical Astronomy Observatory Edit this at Wikidata
OrganizationUniversity of Tasmania Edit this on Wikidata
LocationTasmania, AUS
Coordinates42°25′52″S 147°17′16″E / 42.4311°S 147.2878°E / -42.4311; 147.2878Coordinates: 42°25′52″S 147°17′16″E / 42.4311°S 147.2878°E / -42.4311; 147.2878
Altitude646 m (2,119 ft) Edit this at Wikidata
Established2013 Edit this on Wikidata Edit this at Wikidata
TelescopesH127 telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Greenhill Observatory is located in Australia
Greenhill Observatory
Location of Greenhill Observatory
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The site replaces the University of Tasmania's previous observatory at Canopus Hill, near Hobart. The site was developed with the installation of a 1.3 m telescope in mind, and consideration given for possible future expansion. One telescope is currently hosted, the Harlingten Telescope (H127).

  • The H127 is a 1.27 m (50 in) diameter reflector of modified Ritchey-Chrétien design, on an equatorial fork mount. The H127 has a rotating tertiary mirror and wide-field corrector lenses installed at two folded Cassegrain (Nasmyth) focal stations, allowing rapid switching between instruments. The H127 was donated to the University of Tasmania by Mr Caisey Harlingten.

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