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The 1.0-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope (JKT)

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As of 15 Jan 2014 the JKT is owned by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and is operated by the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) under agreement with IAC. The JKT resumed operations as a robotic telescope in October 2015. More information can be found in an IAC press release and this paper.

The Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope has a parabolic primary mirror of diameter 1.0 m. It is equatorially mounted, on a cross-axis mount. Instruments can be mounted at the f/15 cassegrain focus. Total weight of the telescope is about 40 tonnes. The role of the telescope was a facility for CCD imaging.

More information can be found at the ING Public Information web pages.

Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope

General Info

The Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope:

Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope info sheet. PDF: English | Español.

R. Laing and D. Jones (Vistas in Astronomy, 28, 483) introduce the JKT in this article published in 1985. PDF.

Web pages by John Mills. Local copy.

Comet Linear break up

The JKT impact

Scientific highlights

Media releases


The ING scientific productivity

M92 Globular Cluster

Images obtained using the JKT

ING Image Galleries.
These web pages show images which were taken using the JKT and sorted into different collections.

JKT dome

Photos and Videos of the JKT

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