About the UHH Educational Telescope

University of Hawai'i at Hilo - Educational Telescope

The UH Hilo Educational Telescope will be a professional astronomical facilityy owned and operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. The department offers a BS in astronomy and a BA in physics. The observatory will essentially be used for laboratory courses, research and technical projects, as well as for outreach activities. The Educational Telescope will also used by students across the UH system, including Manoa undergraduate students in astronomy. Through local community associations, the Educational Telescope will also be offering opportunities for local kids to conduct astronomical observations. Even the general community will have access! The observatory is composed of a modern 0.7 meter telescope and a suite of instruments for imaging and spectroscopy, all operated within a 18-foot AstroHaven dome.

The Educational Telescope is currently in development and is expected to become operational in a near future, when an adequate site can be found.

UH Hilo Educational Telescope: Mission

The UH Hilo Educational Telescope will be implemented with some specific goals in mind. These goals, described by the following six points, represent the overall vision of the UH Hilo Department of Physics and Astronomy for its Educational Telescope:
  • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope is a professional astronomical facility used to conduct student-led  scientific research projects.
  • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope is a professional astronomical facility used for training students in modern observational techniques applied in scientific research.
  • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope is a professional astronomical facility used for training students in modern telescope operations.
  • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope is a professional astronomical facility used for modest developments in instrumentation and technical projects.
  • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope is a professional astronomical facility used for outreach activities and for training students in communicating science with the general public.
  • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope is an astronomical facility acting as a bridge between professional astronomy activities on the Big Island and the local communities.

The UH Hilo Educational Telescope: People


Dr.  R. Pierre Martin, Director
John Coney, Observatory Support