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Observatory NameRepresenting Institution, DepartmentCountryObservatory Webpage linkGeneral informationTelescope sizeTelescope descriptionAttached instrumentsScientific usage in planetary sciencesTime allocation informationCosts Availability of service observationsNumber of nights foreseen by Europlanet for support in 2020 (to be reviewed every two months by NA2)Number of free of charge nights/year for collaborative projects and observing campaignsData archiving possibilitiesNotes related to Covid-19, etc.AddressInformation on accomodation possibilities Location (GPS)Lead contactLead contact emailDeputy Contact for technical questionsDeputy email
Pic du Midi ObservatoryIMCCE, Observatoire de Paris, CNRSFrance Pic du Midi Observatory is located at 2877 meters on top of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre in the French Pyrenees.1.06 m F/17CCD camera with infrared adaptive high dynamic imaging systemPlanets and small bodies of the solar system, direct imging of exoplanetsFlexible, francois.colas@imcce.fr200€/nightService observations are available3 nightsTo be negotiated42°56′11″N 0°08′34″EFrancois;
Moletai Astronomical ObservatoryVilnius University, Institute of Theoretical Physics and AstronomyLithuania is located about 80 km from Vilnius in a site with a relatively low sky background. The site has the protection zone of about 3.5 km radius. MAO is connected to the Lithuanian academic and research network LITNET, which is a partner of pan-European research and education network GEANT.

Administrative/laboratory buildings of MAO have several meeting rooms for up to 80 participants regularly used for international summer schools and other meetings.

1.65 m Richey-Chretien telescope, fully renovated in 2016, can be operated remotely. The telescope is equipped with a focal reducer (F/3.2) and auto-guiding system.The main instrument of this telescope is the high-resolution fibre-fed spectrograph (VUES) installed in 2016. It has three resolving powers (60000, 45000, 30000) and the wavelength interval from 400 to 880 nm. The spectrograph has a CCD detector of 4096 x 4096 15 micron pixels, the instrument throughout is 25% at 543 nm. Photometric observations also can be done with this telescope using the CCD photometer with a set of BVRI filters and CCD camera (1024 x 1024 pixels of 13 x 13 microns, thermoelectric cooling). Spectroscopy and photometry of exoplanet-habouring stars and exoplanet transits. Stellar radial velocities.€/nightService observations are available.3 nightsUp to 20 %The data archive is available, but not publicly accessible yet. The Observatory is operational.Zvaigzdziu str. 12, Kulionys village, Moletai district., LithuaniaGuests rooms are available.longitude: E 25 deg 33′ 48.0″ latitude: N 55 deg 18′ 57.5″Grazina
35/51 cm Maksutov-type. Field of view 11 deg. Can be operated remotely.This large field-of-view telescope currently operates with a CCD photometer and a set of BVRI and Vilnius photometric system filters.Search and photometry of asteroids, comets; exoplanet transits and stellar variability and asteroseismology50€/night9 nightsUp to 50 %The data archive is available, but not publicly accessible yet.
Kryoneri ObservatoryNational Observatory of AthensGreecehttp://kryoneri.astro.noa.grKryoneri Observatory (established in 1972) is located in the district of Corinth in the northern Peloponnese at the top of Mount Kyllini, at an altitude of 930m, close to Kryoneri village. It is equipped with a 1.2 m Cassegrain reflector telescope manufactured and installed in 1975 by the British comany Grubb Parsons Co., Newcastle. In 2016, the telescope was upgraded in the framework of the ESA program NELIOTA, to monitor the lunar surface for impacts of near-earth objects.1.2 m Cassegrain reflectorA fast-frame imager consisting of two sCMOS Andor Zyla 5.5 cameras is installed at the prime focus of the telescope, offering the ability to record a target simultaneously in two different wavelength bands (see Xilouris et al. 2018, A&A, 619, 141)Monitoring of the lunar surface and of near-earth objects when the Moon is not visibleFlexible, but April and October are preferable.350€/nightService observations can be arranged, depending on availability of staff, for collaborative projects and campaigns2 nightsUp to 20%The Observatory is operational.Mount Kyllini, Corinth, Greece (close to Kryoneri village).Guest room for two observers available.37˚ 58' 19" N, 22˚ 37' 07" EAlceste Bonanosbonanos@astro.noa.grManolis
Skalnate Pleso ObservatoryAstronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of SciencesSlovakia Observatory was stablished in 1943 near the Skalnate Pleso ('Rocky Lake') at the altitude of 1786 m. There is a modern vacuum coating device, which enables to deposit thin reflecting layers on the mirrors serving for the two 1.3 m and 61 cm telescopes.1.3 mNasmyth-Cassegrain telescope (Astelco GmbH, Germany), f/8.3, fully automated instrument with an active optics system on a fast slewing alt-azimuth fork mount.Echelle spectrograph of the MUSICOS type in the Nasmyth foci, resolving power R=35000, f/4, spectral range 425-720 nm, limiting magnitude: SNR=15 for V=11 star in 15-minute exposure

FLI Proline 2kx2k, 15x15 μm pixels, field of view 12'x12', UBVRI (Bessell) and 3 cometary narrow-band filters centred at 365 nm, 3/7 nm, and 525 nm
Imaging and photometry of asteroids, comets, exoplanet transits etc.Applications are accepted continuously.N/A, however only collaborative projects are accepted.Service observations are available for collaborative projects and campaignsN/ACollaborative observing projects and campaigns are welcome by the local astronomers.No public data archive available yet.Observations will be stopped for renovation probably from May to September 2021Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 18, 059 60 Tatranská Lomnica, Slovak RepublicAccomodation at the observatory or headquarters at Tatranska Lomnica (need to contact our director)Longitude: 20° 14' 02" East, Latitude: 49° 11' 22" North, Altitude: 1786 mMarek Husarikmhusarik@ta3.skZuzana
61 cmNewtonian reflector, f/4.3, automatedSBIG ST 10 XME CCD camera, 2184x1472 chip, 6.8x6.8 μm pixels, field of view 19'x13', UBVRI (Johnson) filtersImaging, photometryN/A, howevwer only collaborative projects are accepted.Service observations are available for collaborative projects and campaignsN/ACollaborative observing projects and campaigns are welcome by the local astronomers.
Faulkes Telescope Project (Las Cumbres Observatory, LCO) Faulkes Telescope Project, UK (access to global network)

LCO’s one-of-a-kind, worldwide network of robotic telescopes (currently 2 x 2m; 9 x 1m; 10 x 0.4m). The ability to make continuous astronomical observations over periods of several days. LCO are able to do this because they operate multiple telescopes, while located at sites all around the world, are connected via the internet and centrally controlled to act as a single scientific instrument.
Faulkes Telescope Project can provide access to the LCO network for around 50 hours/year for EPN24 – as the network is robotic, time is allocated and “spent” in units of hours, rather than nights.
FTP has around 550 hours/year of 2m time on the LCO network, and can access the 1m and 0.4m networks by “exchanging” this time at a rate of 1 hr of 2m = 2 hrs of 1m = 5 hrs of 0.4m time.
Additional time on the LCO network (beyond the 50hrs committed in the EPN24 proposal may be possible through discussion with Paul Roche.
2 mTwo robotic telescopesCCD camera
Intermediate dispersion spectrograph
Imaging, spectroscopyhttps://observe.lco.global700£/hourNo service obs.1 hourFor Europlanet activities that we can link with education, free of charge.

50 hours of 2m time/year available to EPN24 users
All data from the LCO facilities are stored with a 1-year proprietary period for professional users, but data obtained with the FT allocation of time is available to all users with an FT account as soon as they are uploaded. Some sites currently closed, but Maui and Siding Spring (2m instruments) still operationalN/AN/APaul
1 mNine robotic telescopes CCD camera
NRES (radial velocity) high resolution spectrograph
Imaging, spectroscopy350£/hour
No service obs.2 hoursSome free (50 hrs/year)
40 cmTen robotic telescopes CCD cameraImaging175£/hourNo service obs.2 hoursSome free (50 hrs/year)
Tartu ObservatoryUniversity of Tartu, Tartu ObservatoryEstonia Observatory of the University of Tartu is located about 20 km away from Tartu city in a small village Tõravere. Some light pollution might be percepted sometimes. Weather in Estonia is not very good for observations. Usually, some 80-90 nights per year are useable. On the other hand, we can offer very flexible scheduling, including service mode observations. Major upgrade of the 1.5 m telescope is foreseen in 2021-2023, to higher spectral resolution, and with photometric and polarimetric mode added. 1.5 m Reflector AZT­-12 for spectroscopyCassegrain focus long-slit spectrograph (wavelengths 360-1000 nm, resolution 600 - 11000SpectroscopyFlexibleService observations are available4 nightsPreferably a few nights for collaborative projects. Depending alsao on weather conditions. The data archive is available, but not publicly accessible yet.Open, no special regulationsObservatooriumi 1, Tõravere, EE61602, Tartu county, EstoniaCheap guest rooms available in the main building of the observatory at advance bookingLatitude 58.265481 longitude 26.467034Laurits Leedjärvlaurits.leedjarv@ut.eeAnna Aret, Tõnis Eenmä,
60 cm Reflector Zeiss­ 600CCD photometer (field of view 12.7x12.7 arcmin, Johnson-Cousins BVRI filters)PhotometryFlexible50€/nightService observations are available8 nightsPreferably a few nights for collaborative projects. Depending alsao on weather conditions. The data archive is available, but not publicly accessible yet.
30 cm Robotic telescope RAITSCCD photometer (field of view 37x37 arcmin, Johnson-Cousins BVRI filters, Halpha and luminance filters)PhotometryFlexible50€/nightService observations are available8 nightsPreferably a few nights for collaborative projects. Depending alsao on weather conditions. The data archive is available, but not publicly accessible yet.
Danish 1.54 m telesope at ESO La Silla ObservatoryCopenhagen University, Niels Bohr InstituteDenmark Danish 1.54-metre telescope, built by Grubb–Parsons, has been in use at La Silla since 1979. It was completely overhauled in 1993 and is now equipped with the Danish Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera instrument. In 2006, astronomers using a network of telescopes scattered across the globe, including the Danish 1.54-metre Telescope, discovered an exoplanet only about five times as massive as the Earth, and circling its parent star in about ten years (eso0603).1.54 mThe telescope has a mirror of 1.54m and is equipped with a standard CCD camera, a high-speed EMCCD camera, and a high-resolution, high-speed CMOS camera under construction. Remotely operated.CCD camera: field of view of 13x13 arc minutes and a pixel size of 0.4". It has a filter wheel with standard filters
EMCCD camera: field of view of 45"x45 and a pixel size of 0.09". It is a dual colour camera with long-pass red and visual filter.
Imaging, photometryuffegj@nbi.ku.dk350€/nightFor collaborative projects2 nightsTime sharing with other programmes is welcome.Observations during May-September are expected in 2020.ESO, La Silla ObservatoryLatitude: -29° 15' 40.20" S Longitude: -70° 43' 52.79" WUffe Graae
Beacon ObservatoryUniversity of KentUnited Kingdom provide standard pipeline data reduction for all data obtained with the observatory (dark, bias, flat-field correction; astrometry; photometry; stacking if required). Typical weather conditions allow observations on about 12 nights per month, typically for about half the night. Please note that the observatory is supporting the HOYS citizen science project which usually runs a co-ordinated observing campaign for 4-6 weeks in August each year, and hence during this period we are usually not able to commit a large amount of nights for other projects.42 cmAstrograph from Planewave, remote controllable4kx4k Peltier cooled CCD equipped with a BVriHalpha filter set. The pixel size is 0.956". The FoV is about 1x1 square degree. Due to vignetting, the usable FoV is a circle with one degree diameter. Typical seeing conditions are between 2.5" and 5".Imaging, photometryemail £/hourService obs. for 20£/hour; free of charge for collaborative projects / reciprocal observations15 hoursTime sharing with other programmes is welcome.No public data archive available except a public webserver dedicated to the HOYS project where participants can upload their images and the resulting photometry is available for download (see

Fully open and running remote controlledUniversity of Kent, Ingram Building, Canterbury CT2 7NH, UKN/A for remote, service observations, there is on campus accomodation if needed51.296633° North; 1.053267° East; Elevation 69mDirk
Observatorio del TeideInstituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Spain; in Izaña (Tenerife) at 2390 metres above sea level with perfect astroclimate conditions.82 cmThe IAC-80 telescope has an equatorial German mount, with an effective focal ratio of f/11.3 and a primary mirror of diameter 82 cm.The instrumentation is installed at the Cassegrain primary focus. The IAC80's common-user
instrumentation is a 4kx4k e2V 231-84 CCD into a Cryotiger 1100 with a field of view equivalent to
almost 16x16 arcminute. Filter wheel with 12 positions is available. Possibility of advanced macros for quasi-robotic observations. The data is offered corrected by bias and flat-field and astrometrized.
The IAC80 is an ideal telescope
for long-term programmes or for collaborations with other telescopes.€/nightService observations are available1 nightNone.Carr. del Observatorio del Teide, 38591 Güímar, Tenerife, Spain 28°18'04" N, Longitude 16°30'38" WAlex Oscoz Abadaoscoz@iac.esJavier A Licandro
Telescopio Abierto Robótico network (TAR) 45 cmCCD cameraPhotometryaoscoz@iac.esN/AService observations are availableN/ASeveral nights.
Calar Alto ObservatoryJunta de Andalucía and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía Spain Observatory is located at the altitude of 2158 m at the Sierra de Los Filabres (Andalucía, Southern Spain) north of Almeria, the place with very good astroclimate conditions.1.23 mThe 1.23m telescope at Calar Alto Observatory is a refractor with 9.807 m of focal length an f/ratio of 1.8 and a field of view of 90’. The telescope can be operated remotely with some restrictions.(a) the DLR-MKIII camera for deep sky images in the visible with 4k x 4k pixels and a field of view of 21.4’x21.4’, and (b) the PlanetCam UPV/EHU instrument designed for high-resolution lucky imaging of the planets in the visible and short wave infrared (0.4-1.7 m). This instrument requires observations in collaboration with the UPV/EHU team that designed the camera.Photometry; exoplanet transits with the PlanetCam instrument (in collaboration with the instrument PI A. Sánchez-Lavega e-mail: coords@caha.es500€/nightNot available.1 nightNone.Own public archive where all data are uploaded each morning. Additionally, data are sent to SVO (Spanish Virtual Observatory). 1.23m telescope is used in remote mode, so the observers normally transfer data via ftp. Sierra Filabresin Almeria (Spain), 1 hour driving distance from Almeria, Taxi from airport reserved from the Observatory staff (way and return): 140 EUR (approx.)Residence at the observatory & canteen. Costs per person: 30 EUR/night + 20 EUR per day (meals).Latitude = +37°13.5’, Longitude = 2°32.5’Jesus Aceitunoaceitun@caha.esSantos
Lisnyky Observation Station AO KNUUkrainehttp://www.observ.univ.kiev.uaThe main task of the Observatory telescopes is monitoring of selected comets and asteroids and specific phenomena. During 2016-2018, 12442 observations of 225 comets (9191) images and 177 asteroids with known numbers (2141 images) and 89 new asteroids (1110 images) were obtained at the Lisnyky Observation Station. Seven new asteroids were discovered from which the MPC officially confirmed the discovery priority of 2 asteroids. For the last 5 years, Kiev comet station is the first among 413 observatories in the world by the number of positional observations of comets. However, these images are also suitable for photometric studies, since they are calibrated with observations of standard stars.70 cmD=0.7m, F=2.83m, D/F=1/4CCD detector in direct focus: FLI 4710MB, 1024x1048px and UBVRI filters. The scale is 0.95"/px, field of view is 16.2x16.7'Astrometric and photometric observations of small bodies in the solar systemApplications are accepted continuously.50€/nightfor collaborative projects and observing campaigns9 nightsup to 10 nightsObservational data can be made public through the ftp-server of the connected university.Observations are carried out irregularly due to quarantine.Sposterezhna Stantsiya, Lisnyky, Kyiv region, 08172 UkraineThere is observer lounge. 50.297798, 30.524645Igor Lukyanykigor.lukyanyk@gmail.comAlena
Chuguev ObservatoryInstitute of Astronomy of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National UniversityUkrainehttp://www.astron.kharkov.uaChuguev Observatory is located in 70 km southeast from Kharkiv city (MPC code is 121). The 70 cm telescope is the main instrument that is used for photometrical observations of main-belt and near-Earth asteroids, and Jupiter Trojans. Observations are aimed to study physical properties of asteroids, including long-term programs on phase-magnitude dependencies, search for binaries and the YORP effect. 70 cmThe AZT-8 telescope is used for photometry in the Newtonian focus (2.8 m, f/4). The 70-cm telescope is equipped with the back-illuminated CCD camera FLI ML47-10 (a FOV 16'x16') and standard Johnson-Cousins BVRI filters mounted in the Newtonian focus (f/4).The telescope is regulary used for photometry of asteroids.Applications are accepted every month.50€/nightService observations are available.9 nightsabout 10 nightsThe observatory does not have an accessible data archive. However, they can made data accessible via the university's ftp server.Now observations are stopped due to quarantine. We hope to be able to start in June. Sumska Str. 35, Kharkiv 61022, UKRAINEThere is a lodge for observers and guests.49°38'27"3, 36°56'09"1Yurij Kruglykrugly@astron.kharkov.uaIrina
Terskol Peak ObservatoryInternational Center for Astronomical, Medical and Ecological Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (IC AMER)Ukrainehttp://terskol.comDuring 2016-2018 in the frame of the MPC program, about 100 images of observed comets and 700 asteroids were obtained with the Zeiss-600 telescope on Peak Terskol Observatory. this telescope is actively involved in the ground support program of the GAIA project. The Zeiss-600 telescope is located in the Caucaus mountains at an altitude of 3122 m, which allows to measure the position and obtain photometrical data of objects up to 20 mag60 cmTelescope Zeiss-600 (D=0.6m, F=7.2 m, D/F=1/12) operates in Cassegrain focusCCD detector SBIG-1001, 1024x1024 px; the CCD scale is 0.61"/px, field of view is 10.3'x10.3'; UBVRI filters.
The time service based on GPS technology provides the time points of the mechanical shutter with an accuracy better than 1 μs.
The telescope is used for astrometric and photometric observations of small bodies of the Solar System and Gaia objects. Applications are accepted continuously.70€/nightService observations are available.6 nightsup to 10 nightsThe observatory has an archive from which data can be obtained on request.Observations are conducted. Several observers remained quarantined in the observatory27 Zabolotnogo Str., 03143, Kyiv, UkraineThere is a hotel for observers and guests.43°16′29″ , 42°30′03″ Galyna Butenkobutenko@mao.kiev.uaArkadii
2 mTelescope Zeiss-2000.
Main mirror: D = 2м, F=5,6м
Richi-Cretien :F = 16м, field of view - 1.18o
Cuide : F = 72м, field of view - 5’.
Low-resolution spectrograph, CCD cameraThe observation schedule is formed over six months250 €/night2 nights2-3 nights
Konkoly ObservatoryResearch Centre for Astronom and Earth SciencesHungary Observatory is located at the height above the Baltic sea level of 959.61m.1 mRitchey-Crétien-Coudé reflector, focallength 13500 mm, fieldof view45’, filters:BVRI, ugriz and clear; recording down to +22 magnitude; fast reaction operationCCD camera (4kx4k): Princeton Instruments VersArray: 1300B camera, EMCCD camera with the camera housing; Filters: UBV(RI)c filter set, Strömgren filter set, H-alpha filter, SII and red continuum filterAstrometry, occultations, photometryFlexible150 €/nightService observations can be arranged, depending on availability of staff, for collaborative projects and campaigns3 nightsup to 10%The observatory is operational.H-1121 Budapest, Konkoly Thege Miklós út 15-17.Guestrooms are availble+47°55'04"2; +19°53'44"1Akos Kereszturikereszturi.akos@csfk.mta.huKrisztan
80 cmRitchy-Crétien, focuse reduktor (f/7), computer guidance, robotized2kx2k FLI CCD (15μ pixel size, 18' x 18' field of view), liquid+ elecronic cooling, Sloanu, g, r, i, z + Johnson B,V filtersAstrometry, photometryFlexible100 €/night4 nightsup to 10 %
Ussurijsk Astrophysical ObservatoryInstitute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of SciencesRussia Observatory is located at the elevation of 275 m above the sea level.50 cmTelescope CHV-500 (0.5m, F=3.6m); optical system: Newton with field corrector; mount: azimuthal fork mount, direct-drive, sidereal and non-sidereal tracking possibleCCD camera SBIG STX-16801 with filters UBVI Johnson-CousinsPolarimetric and photometric observations of asteroidsFlexible70 €/nightService observations are available6 nightsTo be negotiated - Ussurijsk could provide some observational time on clear nights for ambitious projects. They are open for discussion of the amount and periodicity of these nights. No public data archive, only internal. Observations can be uploaded to cloud services. Planetary data could also be uploaded to PVOL.The observatory is operational. ul. Solnechnaya 21, s. Gornotaezhnoe, Russia, 692533There are only few accommodation possibilities at the observatory. The nearest big town is Ussuriysk. Although it is only ~30 kilometers away, the drive time is about an hour due to poor quality of road. The observatory is not reached by public transport43°41'95"; 132°09'95"Anton Kocherginkochergin.av@outlook.comEvgenij
25 cmTelescope GAS-250 (0.25m, F=3); optical system: Newton with field corrector; mount: equatorial, direct-drive, sidereal and non sidereal tracking possibleCCD camera FLI PLO9000 with filters UBVI Johnson-CousinsPolarimetric and photometric observations of asteroidsFlexible20 €/nightService observations are available10 nightsTo be negotiated.
Rozhen ObservatoryInstitute of Astronomy and National Astronomical Observarory, Bulgarian Academy of SciencesBulgaria Observatory is located about 230 km from Sofia, in the south of Bulgaria, in the Rhodope mountain, at an altitude of 1750 m. Recent upgrades include recoating of the reflecting layer of the 2-meter mirror, and of the primary and secondary mirrors of the 60-cm telescope. An update of the control system of the 2-m telescope was performed in 2018. The facilities of NAO include also a residence, laboratories, and a mechanical workshop.2 mRitchey-Chrétien-CoudeObservations with the focal reducer and in direct RC focus are carried out with ANDOR iKon-L BEX2-DD and ANDOR iKon-L E2V 42-40 CCD cameras (2048×2048 pixels, 13.5×13.5 μm size). The coudé-spectrograph is equipped with ANDOR Newton 940 CCD camera (2048×512 pixels, 13.5×13.5 μm size). The éshelle-spectrograph is equipped with ANDOR iKon-L BEX2-DD CCD camera (2048×2048 pixels, 13.5×13.5 mm size). A conference room for about 50 people is suitable for small conferences, meetings, schools. All participants in such events can be accommodated in observatory. A stable Internet connection is available everywhere in the territory of the observatory.Spectroscopy, photometry and photometryAccess to observing time is made by submitting an application. The time limits for submission are: March 20 for the period September 1 – February 28 and September 20 for period March 1 – August 31.1500€/nightService observations are not availableN/AFree of charge nights are only possible in the presence of scientific cooperation.72 Tsarigradsko Chaussee Blvd., Sofia, bulgariaAll observers may be accommodated at the Observatory free of charge.Longitude: 1h 38m 58s, Latitude: 41° 41' 48", Altitude: 1750 mEvgeni Semkovesemkov@astro.bas.bgNikola
60 cmCassegrain
CCD camers FLI PL 9000 (3056×3056 pixels, 12×12 μm size)
Photometry250€/nightService observations are not availableN/AFree of charge nights are only possible in the presence of scientific cooperation.
50/70 cmSchmidtCCD camera FLI PL 16803 (4096×4096 pixels, 9×9 μm size)Photometry250€/nightService observations are not availableN/AFree of charge nights are only possible in the presence of scientific cooperation.