About the UM
Curtis Schmidt Telescope
The University of Michigan/Cerro Tololo
Inter-American Observatory 61 cm Curtis Schmidt telescope is a twin to the
Case Western Reserve University instrument on Kitt Peak. S chmidt-type
telescopes/cameras are used to take wide angle pictures of large regions
of the sky. On Oct 26, 1966
AURA concluded an agreement with the University of Michigan to install the
Curtis Schmidt telescope on Tololo on a 10-year loan basis; the agreement
was extended for 25 years in 1975.
The 0.61 m (24 in) Curtis-Schmidt Telescope is a
Schmidt camera that was previously located at the University of
Lake Observatory. It is currently used for the Michigan Orbital DEbris
Survey Telescope (MODEST) project, which is part of NASA's program to
detect and catalog orbital debris. Two-thirds of observing time was at the
discretion of NOAO prior to 2001.