Bochum 0.61-metre telescope (decommissioned)

The Bochum 0.61-metre telescope was installed on La Silla in 1968 following a trilateral agreement between ESO, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and the University of Bochum. This telescope has the honour of being the first national telescope — belonging to one of the member states — in ESO's history.  The telescope, manufactured by Boller & Chivens, was equipped with a photoelectric photometer made at the central workshop of Göttingen University.

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Bochum 0.61-metre telescope

Name: Bochum 0.61-metre telescope
Site: La Silla
Altitude: 2375 m
Enclosure: Classical dome
Type: Photometric telescope
Optical design: Cassegrain reflector
Diameter. Primary M1: 0.61 m
Material. Primary M1: Low expansion Silica
Diameter. Secondary M2: 0.15 m
Material. Secondary M2: Low expansion Silica
Mount: Equatorial cross-axis mount
First Light date: 7 September 1968
Decommissioning date: N/A
Images taken with the Bochum 0.61-metre telescope: Link
Images of the Bochum 0.61-metre telescope: Link
Press Releases with the Bochum 0.61-metre telescope: Link