The Observatory Lustbühel is located on the outskirts of Graz and hosts the 50cm-Cassegrain-telescope (f/9) of the Observational Astrophysics Group.
The telescope, manufactured by Astro Systeme Austria, was mounted on a parallactic mount in the eastern dome of the observatory in 2013. The telescope can be remotely operated and is currently equipped with a CCD-camera with a variety of filters, a spectrograph, and an asteroid occultation camera. The instruments are attached to a multi-port that enables the use of different instruments during an observing night.
A refractor with a unique field-of-view with a diameter of 19 deg, a so-called "Ballistische Messkammer" (BMK), manufactured by Zeiss, is also hosted by the observatory. The BMK is ideally suited to monitor large areas of the sky for stellar variability. It can also be operated remotely. The observatory is also equipped with three radio antennas that are able to detect radio flares on the Sun and radio bursts from Jupiter. The log-periodic antenna became part of the international e-callisto radio network in 2017.
The observatory provides students the chance to work in an environment that resembles the infrastructure of much larger professional observatories. Bachelor students interested in observational astrophysics can work in their theses on various topics, e.g. exoplanets, stellar activity or young stellar objects. Master students use the telescopes at the observatory in the astronomy lab. It teaches the basics of astronomical observations, the usage of computer-controlled telescopes, and the reduction and analysis of the data obtained at optical and radio wavelengths. Small projects and presentations complement the exercises. Interested Master students have also the possibility to write a thesis with data fully or partly obtained at the observatory.
Manuela TemmerInstitut für Physik
Institut für Physik