Graduate student Maan Hani with the new CDK24 telescope.

Latest SMU Telescope Linked to Social Media

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

The Burke-Gaffney Observatory unveiled a very special telescope last fall. The Planewave 0.6-metre CDK24 telescope is the second-largest telescope on a Canadian university campus, and the first in the world to be synced via software to social media. This allows it to be monitored and controlled by Facebook and Twitter users worldwide. Named in honour of its major benefactors, Dr. Ralph M. Medjuck and his wife Shirlee, the telescope and new observation deck will greatly enhance the university’s teaching and science outreach facilities. The new telescope offers higher optical performance, a matching digital imaging camera, and state-of-the-art control systems that allow full remote control of the entire observatory. Join a group tour or come out on viewing night to see this new marvel for yourself!

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