Anna L. Nickel telescope

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Anna L. Nickel telescope
Observatory Lick Observatory Edit this on Wikidata
Location(s) California, US
Coordinates 37°20′30″N 121°38′35″W / 37.3417°N 121.643°W / 37.3417; -121.643Coordinates: 37°20′30″N 121°38′35″W / 37.3417°N 121.643°W / 37.3417; -121.643 Edit this at Wikidata
Telescope style Optical telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter 1 m (3 ft 3 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Website www.ucolick.org/public/telescopes/nickel.html Edit this at Wikidata
Anna L. Nickel telescope is located in the US
Anna L. Nickel telescope
Location of Anna L. Nickel telescope

The Anna L. Nickel telescope is a 1-meter reflecting telescope located at Lick Observatory in the U.S. state of California.

The smaller dome on the main building at Lick had originally held the secondhand 12-inch Clark refracting telescope, the first telescope to be used at Lick. In 1979 it was replaced with the Anna L. Nickel telescope, a 1-meter reflecting telescope. The telescope is named for Anna L. Nickel, a San Francisco native who donated $50,000, a large portion of her estate, to the Observatory.

The Nickel telescope was built entirely by UC Santa Cruz personnel and utilized many spare parts, including a replacement mirror for the Crossley Reflector. It eased demand for time on the 120-inch C. Donald Shane telescope by taking on research programs that do not require the Shane's greater light-gathering power. Due to its optical design, it can use the same instruments as the Shane so instruments can be tested on it.

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