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UCB Observation and Research Facilities


CARMA arrayUCO Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton near San Jose houses 3-meter and 1-meter optical telescopes as well as the 0.75-meter Katzman Auto. Imaging Telescope (KAIT).

W.M. Keck Observatory

The W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea in Hawaii is home to twin 10-meter optical telescopes. UC Berkeley hosts a Keck Remote Observing Facility.

Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA)

CARMA is a 15 antenna aperture synthesis radio telescope which operates at wavelengths of 3 mm (85-116 GHz) and 1 mm (215-270 GHz).

Precision Array Probing the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER)

PAPER is an experiment dedicated to detecting the signature of hydrogen during the epoch of reionization, the period when the first stars ignited and began to reionize the neutral gas that was the Universe. It is a collaborative project with the University of Virginia, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the University of Pennsylvania and the South African SKA group. It is currently taking data in the Karoo Desert of the Northern Cape province of South Africa and continues to be expanded to detect this cosmologically important signal.

Berkeley Automated Imaging Telescopes (BAIT)

BAIT is a collection of unattended astronomical telescopes with electronic cameras to search for supernovae and monitor the brightness of celestial objects.

Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER)

The goal of CASPER is to streamline and reduce the current radio astronomy instrumentation design flow through the development of an open-source, platform-independent design approach. 

Leuschner Observatory

Leuschner Obervatory to the east of Berkeley is home to a 30-inch telescope and a radio telescope, both used for undergraduate instruction.

UCB Undergraduate Astronomy Laboratory

The Undergraduate Astro Lab is located in 705 Campbell Hall.  It offers computer resources for Astronomy students and operates the telescopes on the roof of Campbell Hall and at Leuschner Observatory.  List of Local Telescopes used by undergraduate students