The 60-inch Telescope

The Palomar Observatory's 60-inch (1.5 m) telescope (f/8.75), located in the Oscar Mayer Building, was dedicated in 1970. It was built to take some of the demand off of the 200-inch Hale Telescope.

Robo-AO - a robotic laser guide star adaptive optics system for the Palomar 60-inch telescope.

A wide range of astronomical research has been performed on this telescope. Some of the topics include the study of gamma-ray bursts and the search for planets around other stars. One of the most famous discoveries was that of the first brown dwarf star. The 60-inch telescope was recently upgraded with a new ccd camera and operating system that allows astronomers from Caltech and elsewhere to operate it remotely.

The 60-inch telescope also performs follow-up observations on objects discovered as a part of the Palomar Transient Factory

Additional photos of the 60-inch

  • Press release: Most Distant Explosion in Universe Detected    

    The Caltech Core-Collapse Program

    Brown Dwarf Discovery

    Choose one of the telescopes listed on the right to see images and learn more about another of  the Palomar Observatory's Telescopes.