Friday, March 27, 2015

Largest Telescopes in the Philippines

Here is another Philippine astronomy demographic regarding the largest telescope in the Philippines. In terms of astronomical optics "bigger is better". When the aperture (diameter of objective lens/mirror) of a telescope is larger it results to higher light gathering power, resolution, and useful magnification.

  • Aperture: 18" (45 cm)
  • Focal:
  • Type: Reflector
  • Status: In use, however mount is misaligned due to sinking ground of the observatory.
  • Location: UP Diliman, Quezon City 
Science Centrum
  • Aperture: 17.5" 
  • Focal: f/4.5
  • Type: Reflector
  • Status: Display
  • Location: Makati

Stardust Observatory
  • Aperture: 16"
  • Focal: f4.5
  • Type: Reflector
  • Status: Maintained
  • Location: South Drive, Baguio City
 also,
  • Celestron, C14
  • Aperture: 14"
  • Focal:
  • Type: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Status: Maintained, in storage (for sale)

UP NISMED Observatory
  • Aperture: 16" (40 cm)
  • Focal:
  • Type: Reflector
  • Status: Maintained
also,
  • Aperture: 8"
  • Focal:
  • Type: Refractor (largest refractor)
  • Status: Maintained
Rizal Technological University
  • AstroTech 16
  • Aperture: 16" (40 cm)
  • Focal: --
  • Type: Ritchey-Chretien
  • Mount: Paramount ME
  • Status: New
also,
  • PlaneWave Instruments CDK14
  • Aperture: 14" (35.56 cm)
  • Focal: 2563 mm
  • Type: Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph
  • Mount: Astrophysics GTO 1100
  • Status: New
also,
  • Meade, LX850
  • Aperture: 14" (35.56 cm)
  • Focal: 2845 mm, f/8 [with focal reducer for f/5]
  • Type: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Status: In storage (pending observatory completion)

Christopher Go
  • Celestron, C14
  • Aperture: 14"
  • Focal:
  • Type: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Status: Maintained

Exploreum
  • Celestron, C14
  • Aperture: 14"
  • Focal:
  • Type: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Status: In storage (Used on an event-basis)

Information gathered with assistance from the Philippine Astronomy Forum.

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