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McDonald Observatory is located in the Davis Mountains, 450 miles west of Austin, Texas.

The Observatory is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared, and operates one of the first and most productive lunar ranging stations.

Currently, McDonald operates four research telescopes at our West Texas site:

9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope
2.7m Harlan J. Smith Telescope
2.1m Otto Struve Telescope
0.8m Telescope

The observatory also hosts one of the four globally networked Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment (ROTSE) telescopes, and is a Monitoring Network of Telescopes (MONET) site.

McDonald Observatory is open to the public. Approximately 60,000 visitors each year attend star parties and exhibits, as well as continuing education programs for educators. Recently, the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center dedicated a first of its kind, the Wren-Marcario wheelchair accessible telescope.

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Optical-Mechanical Technician

Want to work with state of the art equipment used to answer the biggest questions in the Universe? McDonald Observatory has an opening for a technician to maintain the optics for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, one of the largest telescopes in the world, in the beautiful Davis Mountains near Fort Davis, TX. Find job description and application instructions here. Interviews begin in early August. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Observers

Observer Information

Proposals

Schedules

Night Reports


Research Facilities

Telescope and instrumentation information for facilities available to McDonald Observatory researchers.

Research Facilities


HETDEX

Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment

HETDEX: Illuminating the Darkness

HETDEX Staff


Coordinates

Mt. Locke

Lat: 30° 40' 17.4" N
Long: 104° 01' 21.4" W
Elev: 2076m above geoid

Source


Staff

Organizational Chart


Mission

Our Mission

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Public - Visitors Center

McDonald Observatory visitor information, tours, public programs, virtual tour and virtual gift shop.

Frank N. Bash Visitors Center


Dark Skies

international dark sky association

The night sky has been lost to light pollution in most areas of the United States, a waste of energy, money, and illumination. Help bring back the night sky where you live.

McDonald Observatory's Dark Skies Initiative


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SCOPE

I-10 is the Highway to the Stars

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