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The MDM Observatory (Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT Observatory; obs. code: 697) is an optical astronomical observatory located adjacent to Kitt Peak National Observatory on Kitt Peak, west of Tucson, Arizona, in the United States. It is owned and operated by the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, Ohio State University, Columbia University, and Ohio University. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was also part of the operating consortium in the past.

MDM Observatory
MDM Hiltner Telescope.jpg
MDM Hiltner 2.4 m Telescope
OrganizationColumbia University
Dartmouth College
Ohio State University
Ohio University
University of Michigan Edit this on Wikidata
Observatory code 697 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationKitt Peak, Arizona, US
Coordinates31°57′06″N 111°36′58″W / 31.9517°N 111.616°W / 31.9517; -111.616Coordinates: 31°57′06″N 111°36′58″W / 31.9517°N 111.616°W / 31.9517; -111.616
TelescopesHiltner 2.4m Telescope
McGraw-Hill Telescope Edit this on Wikidata
MDM Observatory is located in the United States
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It has two reflecting telescopes, the 2.4-meter (95 inches aperture Hiltner Telescope (since 1986), used for galactic surveys, and the 1.3-meter (50 inch diameter aperture) McGraw–Hill Telescope (since 1975), which was originally located near Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1]

Hiltner TelescopeEdit

The mirror of the 2.4-meter Hiltner Telescope is aluminum-coated Cer-Vit, and usable foci include f/7.5 and f/13.5 Cassegrain foci.[2] The telescope was built in 1986 and the mirrors were re-polished in 1991.[3] It was named after astronomer W. Albert Hiltner (1914-1991).[4]

The Hiltner was one of the telescopes that observed the turn on a nuclear transit, along with the Swift space telescope (aka Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory since 2018) and the Gemini observatory (8 meter ground observatory).[5] The transient event was called PS1-13cbe and was located in the Galaxy SDSS J222153.87+003054.2.[5]

McGraw–Hill TelescopeEdit

MDM McGraw-Hill 1.3 m Telescope

The 1.3-meter McGraw-Hill Telescope, with a 1.27-meter clear aperture, is an aluminum-coated Cer-Vit (low thermal expansion glass) telescope. Its usable foci include f/7.5 and f/13.5.[6] The telescope was originally installed at Stinchfield Woods, Michigan in 1969, and moved in 1975 to MDM.[1]

Asteroid 4432 McGraw-HillEdit

The asteroid 4432 McGraw-Hill is named after this telescope. It was discovered on March 2, 1981 by Schelte J. Bus at Siding Spring in the course of the UK Schmidt-Caltech Asteroid Survey. On February 18, 1992, the International Astronomical Union officially assigned the name "McGraw-Hill" to the asteroid. The text of the citation, as officially published by IAU Commission 20 (M.P.C. 19697),[7] is as follows:[8]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b MH Telescope Specifications
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-11-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-11-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-03-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "Rapid 'turn-on' of a nuclear transient observed by astronomers". Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-03-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  8. ^ "4432 McGraw-Hill (1981 ER22)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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