Asiago Astrophysical Observatory

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Asiago Astrophysical Observatory
Children building an E-ELT mirror.jpg
Organization University of Padua
Code 043
Location Asiago, Italy
Coordinates 45°51′59″N 11°31′35″E / 45.8664°N 11.5264°E / 45.8664; 11.5264Coordinates: 45°51′59″N 11°31′35″E / 45.8664°N 11.5264°E / 45.8664; 11.5264
Altitude 1,045 m (3,428 ft)
Established 1942

The Asiago Astrophysical Observatory (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago, or Asiago Observatory for short) is an Italian astronomical observatory (IAU code 043) owned and operated by the University of Padua. Founded in 1942, it is located on the plateau of Asiago, 90 km northwest of Padua near the town of Asiago. Its main instrument is the 1.22 m Galilei telescope, currently used only for spectrometric observation.

Nearby (about 3.8 km to the southeast) is the Cima Ekar Observing Station, IAU code 098, also known as the Stazione osservativa di Asiago Cima Ekar.

The observatory saw the construction of a 1:1 scale model of the European Extremely Large Telescope's primary mirror.[1]

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  1. ^ "Children building an E-ELT mirror". ESO Picture of the Week. Retrieved 14 October 2014.