University of Zielona Góra’s newest telescope presents its capabilities

Uniwersytet Zielonogórski

The Institute of Astronomy at the University of Zielona Góra presented the capabilities of the latest ROTUZ (University of Zielona Góra Robotic Optical Telescope) telescope, which was installed in Chile in October this year. It is a two mirror telescope system purchased by the Institute of Astronomy in 2021.

Placing the telescope in the southern Atacama Desert maximises the amount of data collected. While Poland has an average of about 100 clear nights a year, Chile has as many as 320, and the observational conditions there are among the best in the world.

The telescope in the southern hemisphere has great didactic and promotional potential and is an indispensable teaching aid in the classroom. It makes it possible to conduct didactic observations in the morning hours of Polish time. In addition, the shifting of the seasons makes summer in Poland coincide with winter nights in Chile and excellent conditions for sky observation.

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