- 20″ f/8.1 reflecting telescope
- latitude: 41o16’13.92″ N
- longitude: 87o22’30.94″ W
- altitude: 205 m
- MPC Observatory Code: W11
The NSF-funded Northwest Indiana Robotic (NIRo) Telescope is PNW’s premiere optical astronomical telescope. NIRo is a 20-inch advanced Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope with a wide-field CCD imager and is housed in a dedicated observatory at the Calumet Astronomy Center (CAC) in Lowell, IN. We can currently operate the telescope both on-site, in the adjacent control room, and remotely, from PNW’s Calumet campus in Hammond, IN or anywhere with internet access.
Please read Our Story for a more detailed description of the rationale and history of the NIRo project.
A full listing of our Faculty & Students shows all the undergraduates, mainly physics and engineering majors, who have conducted research at NIRo since its construction.
Here is a more detailed description of some of our Current Research Projects.
Here are some of the recent Publications and Public Presentations pertaining to NIRo and our observational programs.
Aside from the upper-level, physics major involvement with NIRo, we also use the telescope in the laboratory sections of our introductory-level astronomy courses (ASTR 263 & ASTR 264). Our intro-level students have successfully used images of the 1st-quarter Moon to calculate the distances to the Moon and the Sun, and images of the Galilean satellites to calculate the mass of the planet Jupiter.
In addition to all the research and scientific observations we’re making, we also have some time now and then to take some Cool images.
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