The Antola Public Observatory: a newborn European facility

A. Federici1*, P. Arduino1, A. Riva2, and F. M. Zerbi3
1Parco Naturale Regionale dell'Antola, Villa Borzino, Via XXV Aprile, 17, 16012 Busalla (Ge), Italy
2INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Strada Osservatorio 20, 10025 Pino Torinese (To), Italy
3INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Via Bianchi 46, I-23807 Merate (Lc) Italy

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Since this summer the Natural Park of Antola hosts an Astronomical Observatory. The Observatory hosts a meeting room for 50 people, a 6-mt dome digital planetarium and an 80 cm RC alt-az telescope. The telescope is equipped with a full set of eyepieces, a SBIG 11 Mpixel CCD camera and a fiber-fed high resolution FLECHAS spectrograph. We describe in this paper the main characteristics on this newborn Observatory as well as its plan for operations.

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Keywords : telescope: robotic – outreach: education.