Welcome to the Iowa Robotic Observatory website. The University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy maintains these pages as a guide to the Iowa robotic telesope located at the Winer Observatory in southern Arizona. The telescope consists of a 0.51 m Cassegrain reflector, high QE back-illuminated CCD camera, nine position filter wheel, and a 3648-channel digital spectrometer. The telescope is scheduled and operated remotely from the University of Iowa in Iowa City using custom telescope scheduling software.The IRO is used by students and faculty at the University of Iowa for astronomical laboratories and research.
Astronomy courses which use these facilities include the introductory non-major survey course Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe, the major-level course General Astronomy, and the upper-level course Astronomical Laboratory.
The system was recently upgraded with funds by the Carver Trust. The new system, called Gemini, replaces the Rigel telescope which operated from 2002-2015. The Gemini telescope is larger and has a much more sensitivty camera, resulting in signifucantly more sensitivity, as illlustrated in the comparison images of the spiral galaxy M51 below, taken using the exposure times and filters.
Feel free to explore the site and learn about our facility or contact us at email: webmaster.iro AT gmail.com (replace AT with @).