Catania Astrophysical Observatory

The "M. G. Fracastoro" Mountain Station

The 61 cm telescope

Global parameters

Optical configuration Schmidt & quasi-cassegrain  
Mount type fork  
Main mirror diameter 61 cm
  curvature spherical
  focal length 1.210 m
  focal ratio f/3
correction plate useful diameter 40 cm
Field of View 5x5 deg
Secondary mirror diameter 16.5 cm
Cassegrain focus equivalent focal length 6. m
  equivalent focal ratio f/10


The telescope mechanism is being revised with the implementation of automatic pointing and tracking, to be used for systematic patrol of NEO (Near Earth Objets) asteroids, employing a CCD camera.