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The Southern Skies project uses the resources of Mt. Kent Observatory in Queensland, Australia, and Moore Observatory in Kentucky, USA. There is similar instrumentation available at both sites. Since they are in opposite hemispheres and have access to the southern and northern skies, there is nearly continuous coverage in time of the sky near the equator, and complete coverage of the sky in the course of a day.

Moore Observatory

Moore Observatory is home to several instruments available for education and research:

CDK20 North A 0.5 meter (20-inch) diameter corrected Dall-Kikham telescope on a high precision German equatorial mounting for remote and automated imaging and polarimetry.

C14 North A 0.36 meter (14-inch) diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on a SoftwareBisque Paramount providing planetary images nightly and an archive of data selected for quality. The telescope may be scheduled for authorized remote use through a browser interface.

FSQ A fast (f/5) wide flat field (4°) 10.6 centimeter diameter apochromatic Petzval astrograph providing photometry and imaging down to 18th magnitude.

Nikon A fast f/1.4 85 mm focal length wide field color camera co-mounted with other telescopes offering real-time imaging of stars and solar system objects to 15th magnitude.

Wispi A Wide Field Spectral Imager has been used for research on spectra of comets, nebulae, and airglow. It is not currently on line.

RC24 A 0.6 meter (24-inch) Ritchie-Chretien reflector on an equatorial fork mounting for precision time series photometry and stellar spectroscopy.

Mt. Kent Observatory

Mt. Kent observatory has two intruments in operation with another soon to come:

CDK20 South A 0.5 meter (20 inch) diameter corrected Dall-Kirkham twin to the telescope at Moore Observatory. It is used primarily for photometry and color imaging.

CDK700 A 0.7 meter (27 inch) corrected Dall-Kirkham telescope on a Nasmyth mount. The telescope is currently undergoing sky tests in California and will be installed at Mt. Kent in June 2012. It will be used for automated time series photometry and spectroscopy of stars by advanced students in the astronomy programs of the Universities of Louisville and Southern Queensland.