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Observatory telescope proposed for Pikes Peak

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COLORADO SPRINGS - The Pikes Peak Observatory (PPO) announced their proposal for a 1-meter research quality observatory telescope atop Pikes Peak. The PPO says the telescope will offer the annual 600,000 visitors a view of the Peak along with an educational experience that celebrates astronomical and atmospheric research.

The observatory can be visited by tourists during the day and operated remotely from Colorado Springs or other locations, day or night. This is in support of research and contributing to education at the Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Denver University, and the University of Colorado.

According to the PPO the observatory will use a clamshell dome with a viewing platform for the benefit of summit visitors, and will allow astronomical and atmospheric science data collection. 

The City of Colorado Springs is working with the PPO to evaluate siting options on the Peak, and prepare a U.S. Forest Service special use permit application to build and operate the observatory in accordance with the new Summit Complex design.

This new design was developed and presented to the public in January 2016.

The PPO says they will provide state-of-the-art technology in meter-class telescopes and fully automated remote operation without needing full time presence of personnel on-site. 

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