Carlsberg Meridian Telescope
|Part of||Roque de los Muchachos Observatory|
|First light||May 1984|
|Decommissioned||1 September 2013|
|Telescope style||meridian circle|
|Diameter||17.8 cm (7.0 in)|
|Focal length||266 cm (8 ft 9 in)|
The Carlsberg Meridian Telescope (formerly the Carlsberg Automatic Meridian Circle) is a decommissioned meridian circle telescope located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the Canary Islands. It was dedicated to high-precision optical astrometry and operated from May 1984 to September 2013.
The CMT's 20 years of photometric data was studied to understand atmosphere extinction. Up to 2003, 11 catalogs were published and it had been given various upgrades since its installation in 1984.
The telescope is owned by the Danish Copenhagen University Observatory and was jointly operated under an international agreement with the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge and the Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada.
- "The Carlsberg Meridian Telescope". www.ast.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
- Garcia-Gil, A.; Munoz-Tunon, C.; Varela, A. M. (September 2010). "Atmosphere Extinction at the ORM on La Palma: A 20 yr Statistical Database Gathered at the Carlsberg Meridian Telescope". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 122 (895): 1109–1121. arXiv:1009.4056. Bibcode:2010PASP..122.1109G. doi:10.1086/656329. ISSN 0004-6280. S2CID 119205634.
- Bélizon, F. & Muiños, J. & Vallejo, M. & Evans, Dafydd & Irwin, M. & Helmer, L.. (2003). First Carlsberg Meridian Telescope (CMT) CCD Catalogue.. -1. 61-68. Link.
- Tokyo Photoelectric Meridian Circle (Another 20th century electronic meridian telescope)