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Hearnshaw, JB 2016 , 'Mt John Observatory: the first 50 years' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 150, No. 1 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.26749/rstpp.150.1.1.

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Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo is New Zealand’s only professional research observatory. It was founded in 1965 as a joint institution of the universities of Pennsylvania and Canterbury, though the American participation disappeared after 1980. Some of the successes of the past 50 years and also the numerous problems that arose are described here. Four telescopes have been established at Mt John, including the 1.8-m MOA telescope in 2004, dedicated to microlensing. Astro-tourism has flourished in the past decade.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hearnshaw, JB
Keywords: observational astronomy, New Zealand, optical telescopes, stellar spectroscopy, gravitational microlensing, astro-tourism, The Royal Society of Tasmania, Alexander von Humboldt, Germany, Conference, Proceedings
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: 10.26749/rstpp.150.1.1
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Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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This paper was presented at GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, LOCAL KNOWLEDGE : Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows in association with the New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows.
20–22 November 2015, Hobart, Tasmania.
Professor John Hearnshaw is from Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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