Template:Infobox telescope

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Template:Infobox telescope
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Observatory {{{observatory}}}
Location(s) {{{location}}}
Coordinates {{{coords}}}
Organization {{{organization}}}
Altitude {{{altitude}}}
Weather {{{weather}}}
Wavelength {{{wavelength}}}
Built {{{built}}}
First light {{{first_light}}}
Telescope style {{{style}}}
Diameter {{{diameter}}}
Secondary diameter {{{diameter2}}}
Tertiary diameter {{{diameter3}}}
Angular resolution {{{angular_resolution}}}
Collecting area {{{area}}}
Focal length {{{focal_length}}}
Mounting {{{mounting}}}
Enclosure {{{dome}}}
Website {{{website}}}
Commons page [[Commons:{{{commons}}} |Related media on Wikimedia Commons]]


Just add:

{{infobox telescope}}

to the top of an article, and data will be automatically included from Wikidata where they are available. These values can be overridden by passing values to the relevant parameters in the article (if need be), e.g.:

{{infobox telescope
| name = 

The full list of parameters is:

Parameter Default Description
name Wikidata label (en)
(Or Page name)
Telescope's name.
image image (P18) Picture of the telescope (use full wikicode).
caption media legend (P2096) Picture caption (if necessary).
alt_names Wikidata aliases (en) Alternative names / aliases for the telescope
namedafter named after (P138) Person or organisation the telescope was named after
discovered significant event (P793), discovery (Q753297), qualifier of (P642) What the telescope was used to discover
organization operator (P137) Organization responsible for telescope.
observatory part of (P361) Observatory where the telescope is based
location location (P276), country (P17) (fallback to continent (P30) for Antarctica) Telescope's location.
coords coordinate location (P625) Telescope's coordinates. Use {{coord}} with display=inline,title and the correct ISO 3166-2 region code.
code Minor Planet Center observatory code (P717) Observatory code
altitude elevation above sea level (P2044) Height of the telescope above sea-level. Use meters.
obs-time observing time available (P3891) Observing time available on the site. For optical telescopes, the percentage or number of clear nights (or days). For radio telescopes, the percentage or number of clear days, or the total number of observable hours per year.
weather Average weather conditions at the telescope. (Being deprecated)
wavelength minimum wavelength of sensitivity (P3738)-maximum wavelength of sensitivity (P3737)
Or wavelength (P2808) or astronomical filter (P1227)
Wavelengths on which the telescope operates.
built significant event (P793), qualifiers start time (P580) & end time (P582) Dates of construction.
first_light service entry (P729) Date of telescope's first (celestial) observation. Use {{Start date}}
decommissioned dissolved, abolished or demolished (P576) Date that the telescope was decommissioned
style instance of (P31) Telescope's style (type), e.g. Ritchey-Chrétien, Gregorian, Refractor
number has parts of the class (P2670), qualifier telescope (Q4213), quantity (P1114) Number of telescopes/elements
diameter diameter (P2386), (value), qualifier applies to part (P518) Primary mirror (Q613628) Telescope's primary mirror/lens diameter.
diameter2 diameter (P2386), (value), qualifier applies to part (P518) secondary mirror (Q1395645) Telescope's secondary mirror diameter.
diameter3 diameter (P2386), (value), qualifier applies to part (P518) Tertiary mirror (Q29531156) Telescope's tertiary mirror diameter (if any).
length length (P2043) Telescope's length (if not circular)
width width (P2049) Telescope's width (if not circular)
mass mass (P2067) Mass/weight of the structure
angular_resolution angular resolution (P3439) Telescope's angular resolution.
area area (P2046) Telescope's collecting area.
focal_length focal length (P2151) Telescope's focal length, e.g. "f/3.3 (16.76 m)".
mounting has parts of the class (P2670) telescope mount (Q1205231), qualifier instance of (P31) Telescope's mounting, e.g. Equatorial or Altazimuth.
dome enclosure (P3158) Information about the telescope's dome.
website official website (P856) The URL of the telescope's website. use {{URL}}
locmapin country (P17) Use this parameter to override the location map shown if necessary. See {{Wikidata location map}}.
commons Commons category (P373) The appropriate page or category name at Wikimedia Commons

Template Data[edit]


The HTML markup produced by this template includes an hCard microformat, which makes the place-name and location parsable by computers, either acting automatically to catalogue articles across Wikipedia, or via a browser tool operated by a person, to (for example) add the subject to an address book. Within the hCard is a Geo microformat, which additionally makes the coordinates (latitude & longitude) parsable, so that they can be, say, looked up on a map, or downloaded to a GPS unit. For more information about the use of microformats on Wikipedia, please see the microformat project.


If the place or venue has an "established", "founded", "opened" or similar date, use {{start date}} unless the date is before 1583 CE.

If it has a URL, use {{URL}}.

Please do not remove instances of these sub-templates.


hCard uses HTML classes including:

  • adr
  • agent
  • category
  • county-name
  • extended-address
  • fn
  • label
  • locality
  • nickname
  • note
  • org
  • region
  • street-address
  • uid
  • url
  • vcard

Geo is produced by calling {{coord}}, and uses HTML classes:

  • geo
  • latitude
  • longitude

Please do not rename or remove these classes nor collapse nested elements which use them.


When giving coordinates, please use an appropriate level of precision. Do not use {{coord}}'s |name= parameter.

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