RIT Observatory

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RIT Observatory
Rochester Institute of Technology observatory.jpg
Organization Rochester Institute of Technology
Code 920
Location Henrietta, New York
Coordinates 43°04′33″N 77°39′53″W / 43.0758°N 77.6647°W / 43.0758; -77.6647Coordinates: 43°04′33″N 77°39′53″W / 43.0758°N 77.6647°W / 43.0758; -77.6647
Altitude 551 feet (168 m)
Established 1992 (1992)
Website www.rit.edu/cos/observatory
Rolloff building telescope 14-inch f/10 Celestron
Dome building telescope 12-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain

Rochester Institute of Technology Observatory is a small astronomical observatory owned and operated by Rochester Institute of Technology. It is located in Henrietta, New York (USA).

The observatory is primarily used to teach undergraduate astronomy labs, although some research relating to cataclysmic variables and asteroid occultations also takes place.

There are one telescope dome and one roll-off shed on the premises, both housing telescopes. RIT owns a 12" Meade telescope, a 16" telescope, and several smaller refracting telescopes. In addition, a two-element radio interferometer based on the SIMPLE design is being constructed and will be used as a teaching instrument to expose students in astronomy labs to observations at other wavelengths.

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