Castelgrande Observatory

G.A.U.S.S. Srl is participating in the Castelgrande Observatory Mission, providing technical assistance and its know-how.

Being the area of Toppo di Castelgrande – in the  Italian region of Basilicata – particularly suitable for space objects observation, it hosts the astronomical observatory, run by INAF-Capodimonte with a 1.54 meter altazimuth telescope (TT1).

View of Castelgrande Observatory at sunset
View of Castelgrande Observatory at sunset during first light operations

A new building dedicated to the space debris and asteroid detection has been added by the local authorities, where three telescopes will be located: a GENON VT-78 telescope of 19.2 cm aperture with 7° FOV, to perform geostationary orbit (GEO) surveys and detect highly elliptical orbits (HEO) objects; a telescope of 25 cm aperture with 1° FOV and one of 35 cm aperture with 40’ FOV to support the tracking of dimmer objects at GEO and HEO orbits.

The aim of the new Observatory is to study the characteristics of space debris and asteroids (optical observation of rotation period, size and shape of the detected body, surface composition and so on).

The Observatory will be added to the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON).

The results of the space debris’ observation will be further studied.

Poster of Castelgrande Observatory Mission
Poster of Castelgrande Observatory Mission – Click on the image to zoom in
Castelgrande Observatory at sunset
Castelgrande Observatory at sunset
The Castelgrande Observatory Dome
The Castelgrande Observatory Dome during the first light and calibration operations