RoboTel

Small robotic telescope on top of the Schwarzschildhaus in Babelsberg
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RoboTel on the roof of the Schwarzschildhaus.

Credit: AIP
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The robotic reflecting telescope RoboTel.

Credit: AIP

RoboTel is a smaller copy of the robotic telescope STELLA. Its main use is as a test-bed for in-house developed telescope hardware as the weather in Potsdam makes routine science operation difficult.

  • 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: RoboTel – Das Schüler- und Forschungsteleskop (pdf)

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Installing RoboTel.

Credit: AIP/K.G.Strassmeier
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The dome of RoboTel.

Credit: AIP
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Ray path at the RoboTel telescope.

Credit: AIP
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Image of the Triangulum Galaxy M33 with RoboTel, RGB composite.

Credit: AIP, RoboTel

RoboTel was sponsired by the European Union, European Fund for regional development.

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Involved AIP sections and groups:

Telescope Control and Robotics, Technical Section
Last update: 10. February 2021