Welcome to the Iowa Robotic Observatory website. The University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy maintains these pages as a guide to the Rigel robotic telesope located at the Winer Observatory in southern Arizona. The telescope consists of a 0.37 m classical Cassegrain reflector, nine megapixel CCD camera, and seven position filter wheel. The telescope is scheduled and operated remotely from the University of Iowa in Iowa City using Talon telescope control 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 telescope was recently upgraded with a new large-format camera, filters, mount electronics, carbon struts, and new baffle design. These upgrades were funded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Feel free to explore the site and learn about our facility or contact us at email: webmaster.iro AT gmail.com (replace AT with @).
New! Check out the Iowa Robotic Telescope Blog webpage.
New: 360 degree view of the Winer Observatory where the Rigel telescope is located.
New: NEO 2005 YU55 whizzes by Earth at 8 arcsec per second on this time lapse movie on November 8, 2011. Each exposure was 4 sec.