Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope

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Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope
The Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope against clouds.jpg
The Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope in 2011 against a background of clouds as the sun rises
Named after Jacobus Kapteyn Edit this on Wikidata
Observatory Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes
Roque de los Muchachos Observatory Edit this on Wikidata
Location(s) La Palma Edit this on Wikidata, Spain Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates 28°45′41″N 17°52′41″W / 28.761261°N 17.878114°W / 28.761261; -17.878114Coordinates: 28°45′41″N 17°52′41″W / 28.761261°N 17.878114°W / 28.761261; -17.878114
Organization Observatorio Astronómico de Canarias
Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes Edit this on Wikidata
Altitude 2,360 m (7,740 ft)
Built –1983 (–1983)
First light March 1984 Edit this on Wikidata
Telescope style parabolic reflector
Reflecting telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter 1 m (3 ft 3 in)
Mounting Equatorial mount
Website www.ing.iac.es/PR/jkt_info
Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope is located in Canary Islands
Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope
Location of Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope

The Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope or JKT is a 1-metre optical telescope named for the Dutch astronomer Jacobus Kapteyn of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Funded jointly by the Netherlands and the United Kingdom with planning throughout the 1970s, construction of the JKT was completed in 1983 with the first photographic plate taken in March 1984. It can be used with two different focal points and different instruments, although by 1998 this was refined to one CCD imaging instrument. The telescope weighs nearly 40 metric tons in total.[1]

Being superseded by more recent and larger telescopes, it was taken out of service as a common-user facility as of August 2003.

Since 2014, the telescope is owned by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and operated by the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA)[1] which has retrofitted JKT as a remotely operated observatory (under the internal designation SARA-RM), with the first new observations in this regime in April 2016.

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  1. ^ a b "The 1.0-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope (JKT)". Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes. 8 August 2014. 

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Coordinates: 28°45′41″N 17°52′41″W / 28.76139°N 17.87806°W / 28.76139; -17.87806