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Mt Kent Observatory

Mt Kent Observatory is a University of Southern Queensland facility for astronomy teaching, research and outreach. The Observatory is at a dark-sky site in Cambooya Shire, near Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, at 682m altitude, and its three domes house the following telescopes:

  1. Webb Telescope:   This telescope is a 0.7m Planewave CDK700 telescope and mount and an Apogee Alta U16m CCD camera, currently being commissioned. In early 2014 a high resolution spectrometer will be installed, taking advantage of the dual Nasmyth output ports of the mount. This facility is part of the Shared Skies partnership between astronomy programs at USQ and the University of Louisville, USA.
  2. O'Mara Telescope:   This telescope comprises a Software Bisque Paramount ME robotic mount  equipped with a Meade 30cm aperture telescope with Schmidt-Cassegrain optics  and an SBIG STL-1301 CCD camera. Accessible over the web, this instrument supports student studies.
  3. University of Louisville Telescope:   A 50cm telescope and cameras have been installed as part of a NASA funded education project in astronomy at the University of Louisville. This allows school children in Louisville, USA to drive the telescope and see the southern night sky during their school day. The telescope is also being used for research. An equivalent telescope has been installed at the Moore Observatory in Louisville and will allow Toowoomba astronomers to study the northern night sky during the Australian day.

The Mt Kent site also houses the Educational Development Group (EDG) building with a lecture room, accommodation facilities and a control room for indoor operation of the observatory telescopes. A weather station is located on the Observatory grounds, and a high speed data link connects the site to the university.

The EDG building is on the left with the microwave tower behind. Moving right, the Page dome (housing the University of Louisville telescope), and the Webb and O'Mara domes can be seen.

Information about asteroid “ Mt Kent ”.

For further information about the Mt Kent Observatory please email astronomy.

  CRICOS: QLD 00244B | NSW 02225M Updated 19 Sep 2006 |