Greenhill Observatory

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Greenhill Observatory
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Aerial view of the Greenhill Observatory showing the H127 dome
Organization University of Tasmania
Location Bisdee Tier, Tasmania, Australia
Coordinates 42°25′52″S 147°17′16″E / 42.43111°S 147.28778°E / -42.43111; 147.28778Coordinates: 42°25′52″S 147°17′16″E / 42.43111°S 147.28778°E / -42.43111; 147.28778
Altitude 646 m (2,119 ft)
Established 2013
Website UTAS Optical Astronomy
Telescopes
H127 Telescope 1.27 m (50 in) reflector

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).

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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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