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Lowell’s state-of-the-art research telescopes keep us at the forefront of astronomical discovery.

Over the years, we have augmented our research capability not only by acquiring and upgrading additional telescopes but also by forming collaborative partnerships that support our mission to conduct world-class astronomy.

Lowell's research station at Anderson Mesa, in continuous operation since 1960.
Lowell’s research station at Anderson Mesa, in continuous operation since 1960.
Lowell's 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope, at 7,800' elevation near Happy Jack, AZ
Lowell’s 4.3-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope, at 7,800′ elevation near Happy Jack, AZ

Research Telescopes & Sites

We have developed observing sites at Anderson Mesa, about 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff, and at Happy Jack, another 35 miles away, to accommodate the 4.3-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope.

Education Telescopes

Lowell’s original research instrument, a supremely crafted 24-inch refracting telescope designed and built by Alvan Clark & Sons, is still used today for public education. Also located on our Mars Hill campus is the historic 13-inch astrograph used by Clyde Tombaugh to discover Pluto in 1930.

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