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Hartung–Boothroyd Observatory

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Code  H81
Established  1974
Opened  1974
Altitude  530 m
Website  hbo.sirtf.com
Organization  Cornell University
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Location  Ithaca, New York (United States)
James R. Houck Telescope  60 cm (25") Fork-mounted Cassegrain reflector
Similar  Cornell North Campus, Morrill Hall, Rice Hall, Balch Hall, Caldwell Hall

The Hartung–Boothroyd Observatory (HBO) is located atop Mount Pleasant near the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (USA). It is used mainly as a teaching facility for upper-level undergraduate astronomy classes. The observatory is named to recognize funding from M. John Hartung, a 1908 Cornell graduate and later chemical industrialist, and to honor Samuel L. Boothroyd, the founder of Cornell's Department of Astronomy. The facility was designed and directed from 1974-2012 by James R. Houck.


Map of Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory, Mt Pleasant Rd, Freeville, NY 13068, USA

The primary 0.6m mirror was constructed from a Pyrex 1/8-scale test pouring as part of technology development for the Palomar Observatory 200-inch telescope. The mirror was polished and mounted in a lightweight tube in the late 1930s under Boothroyd's direction, but World War II deferred its planned use in a high-altitude observatory. This facility, together with an equatorial fork mount to hold the previously completed telescope, was completed in 1974.

Nearby observatories

  • Clinton B. Ford Observatory, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
  • Fuertes Observatory, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Kopernik Space Education Center, Vestal, New York
  • References

    Hartung–Boothroyd Observatory Wikipedia

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