The OPINAS branch at the University Observatory Munich is currently commissioning a new 2m telescope on Mt. Wendelstein in the Bavarian Alps. The site has an altitude of 1840m, provides approximately 1100 clear hours per year and excellent Seeing (median <0.8”).
The telescope will be equipped with a wide-field imager (WWFI with 0.5˚x0.5˚ field of view and minimal ghosting), a three-channel camera (3KK which allows simultaneous observations in two optical bands and one NIR band) and two fiber-coupled spectrographs (FOCES, an R=70000 Echelle spectrograph for single object spectroscopy, and VIRUS-W, an R=9000 integral field spectrograph with 250 fibers for nearby galaxy kinematics and populations studies).
All instruments will be permanently mounted at/connected to the telescope; switching between instruments is possible within minutes. The telescope will be used to support and complement OPINAS projects at large telescopes or satellites, for transient follow-up and long-term monitoring projects.
As the telescope is run privately by the University Observatory Munich, it offers maximum flexibility in scheduling and fast response to data needs.
OPINAS is one of the four major MPE departments.
Commissioning of the new 2 m telescope.
Optical and Interpretative Astronomy (web pages of the MPE department involved in the project)