80 cm reflector


Public robotic telescope


remotely controlled from the MCC

School telescope

RoboTel is currently being prepared for regular scientific and educational use. The observations will be conducted by professional methods and will be operated directly from the class room using the internet. Up to 50% of the observing time is allocated for educational purposes. The pupils will not only learn much about astronomy, but will also get in contact with modern technologies of robotics.

Looking through the scope?

An often featured cliche is the astronomer looking through the telescope. Sensitive CCD cameras have taken his place today. Yet it can be equally exciting to search and find astronomical objects on the photographs. Our observing targets include the determination of distances, rotation periods and moons of asteroids, light curves of eclipsing binary stars, the determination of the speed of light, and the spectroscopy of Be stars.

Remotely controlled observing

The robotic telescope schedules observing targets according to weather and astronomical conditions. The pupils will be able to follow how the artificial intelligence implemented in the RoboTel system does its observing run.

RoboTel delivery

Installation of the telescope at the AIP on March 15, 2005

Short facts

RoboTel is a smaller copy of the robotic telescope STELLA. For 50% of the time it will serve as a test scope for the development of STELLA and robotic telescopes in general. RoboTel is a public telescope for experiencing astronomy and robotics at the AIP during the other 50% operations time.

  • Cassegrain system
  • 80 cm main mirror
  • total aperture ratio F/8.0
  • field of view with corrector 30 arcmin
  • mirror material Astro-Sitall
  • rotatable teriary mirror serves both Nasmyth foci
  • positioning speed 10°/s
  • installed in the Schwarzschild building at the AIP
[Documentation in German, March 27, 2009]



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