Gornergrat Infrared Telescope

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Gornergrat Infrared Telescope
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The telescope as seen in May 2008.
Location(s)Switzerland Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates45°59′00″N 7°47′01″E / 45.9834°N 7.7836°E / 45.9834; 7.7836Coordinates: 45°59′00″N 7°47′01″E / 45.9834°N 7.7836°E / 45.9834; 7.7836 Edit this at Wikidata
Altitude3,135 m (10,285 ft) Edit this at Wikidata
Telescope styleInfrared telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Websitewww.arcetri.astro.it/irlab/tirgo/ Edit this at Wikidata
Gornergrat Infrared Telescope is located in Switzerland
Gornergrat Infrared Telescope
Location of Gornergrat Infrared Telescope

The Telescopio InfraRosso del Gornergrat (TIRGO), or the Gornergrat Infrared Telescope, is located on the northern tower of the Kulm Hotel at Gornergrat (3,135 metres (10,285 ft) altitude) near Zermatt, Switzerland. It was a 1.5-metre (4.9 ft) Cassegrain telescope with a tip-tilt correcting secondary and optimized for infrared observations, but was decommissioned in March 2005. The telescope and related instrumentation were run by the Istituto di Radioastronomia (IRA - C.N.R.), sezione di Firenze (former CAISMI), with the assistance of the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri and the Dipartimento di Astronomia e Scienza dello Spazio of the University of Florence.