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Goodricke-Pigott Observatory

The Goodricke-Pigott Observatory is a private astronomical observatory in Tucson, Arizona.[1] It was formally dedicated on October 26, 1996, and observations began that evening with imaging of Comet Hale–Bopp.

Goodricke-Pigott Observatory
Observatory code 683 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationTucson, US
Coordinates32°09′20″N 111°04′55″W / 32.1556°N 111.082°W / 32.1556; -111.082Coordinates: 32°09′20″N 111°04′55″W / 32.1556°N 111.082°W / 32.1556; -111.082
Established26 October 1996 Edit this on Wikidata
Goodricke-Pigott Observatory is located in the United States
Goodricke-Pigott Observatory
Location of Goodricke-Pigott Observatory

The observatory is named after John Goodricke and Edward Pigott, two late-eighteenth century astronomers who lived in York, England.

Observatory telescopesEdit

The observatory opened with a Celestron C14, 0.35-meter aperture, f/11 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This instrument has been upgraded with a new optics lens and a new clock drive, and an ST-4 star tracker was attached to the telescope's side to correct a two-minute, ten-arc second periodic motional error. There is another telescope dubbed MOTESS (Moving Object and Transient Event Search System) which is essentially a giant camera aimed at the sky.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Goodricke-Pigott Observatory". Retrieved 2008-09-11.

Coordinates: 32°09′20″N 111°04′54″W / 32.15556°N 111.08167°W / 32.15556; -111.08167