HUN-REN Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences
Konkoly Thege Miklós Astronomical Institute

Piszkéstető Observatory

The Piszkéstető Observatory is the largest observatory in Hungary, where astronomers fled to escape the increasing air and light pollution of the capital in the early 1960s. Three telescopes were set up on the site between 1962 and 1974, the smallest of which was replaced by a larger and more modern telescope in 2019. Although the darkness of the sky has deteriorated a lot in recent decades, it is still one of the best observatories in the country, where astronomers take turns every week to explore the mysteries of the heavens.





60/90/180 cm Schmidt telescope

The observatory's first large telescope has served astronomers since 1962. The instrument has a 60 cm diameter lens at the front, a 90 cm diameter mirror at the end and a huge 10560x10560 pixel CCD detector in its belly. The telescope is used for a dedicated small planet search program. Detailed technical specifications of the telescope [link]






1 m RCC telescope

The country's largest telescope was completed in 1974, with a 102 cm main mirror and a focal length of 13.5 meters. It has two CCD cameras, a low-noise camera and an extremely fast readout camera, plus a high-resolution spectrograph. The telescope is best suited for brightness measurements and spectroscopic analysis of individual celestial objects. Detailed technical specifications of the telescope [link]






80 cm RC telescope

The telescope, commissioned in 2019, is equipped with an 80 cm mirror, direct drive motors and an altazimuth mount, and takes measurements in robotic mode, in line with today's requirements. With a focal length of 5.6 meters, the telescope is best suited for multispectral measurements of star clusters and individual objects. Detailed technical specifications of the telescope [link]