[Photo by Ray Bertram, click for full-size
is located on the southwest ridge of Kitt Peak
Arizona. It is jointly operated by the astronomy deparments of The Ohio
State University, Dartmouth College
, Ohio University
, and The University of Michigan
MDM operates two telescopes: the 2.4-m
Hiltner Telescope and the 1.3-m
McGraw-Hill telescope. Each of these telescopes are equipped with a
suite of state-of-the-art optical and infrared instruments.
Ohio State has a 25% share in the MDM Observatory, amounting to
approximately 90 nights per year (less summer shutdown periods) on each
telescope. Time at MDM is scheduled in 6-month semesters. OSU's time
is awarded competetively using an internal Time Allocation Committee.
Ohio State has provided a number of instruments for use on the MDM telescopes:
- A Boller & Chivens visible-wavelength grating CCD Spectrometer
- Infrared Imager/Spectrometer using a 512x1024 InSb (ALADDIN) array
- Retractable side-port CCD camera on the 2.4m telescope for quick
- 4Kx4K CCD direct imaging camera, primarily used at the 1.3m telescope
- Buckeye Filter Wheels:
- 12-position automatic filter wheels for the 1.3m and 2.4m telescopes used
with OSU and MDM facility CCD cameras.
- A wide-field multi-object low- to medium-dispersion CCD spectrometer currently
being built for the 2.4m telescope (first light 2009/10).