Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory


The Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory is an observatory situated on Col Drusciè, a mountain peak in the Dolomites located within Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy[when?].[1] The observatory sits at an elevation of 1,780 metres (5,840 ft) above sea level and includes two domes, with a 20" Newtonian telescope and an 11" Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope inside.[2]

Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory
Observatory code 154 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationDolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Coordinates46°32′33″N 12°06′16″E / 46.5425717°N 12.104334°E / 46.5425717; 12.104334Coordinates: 46°32′33″N 12°06′16″E / 46.5425717°N 12.104334°E / 46.5425717; 12.104334
Altitude1,780 metres (5,840 ft)
WeatherClear ~175 nights per year[1]
Telescope 120" Newtonian
Telescope 211" Schmidt–Cassegrain
Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory is located in Italy
Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory
Location of Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory

The observatory hosts a remote control system called "Sky on the Web", which allows users to control the operation of the observatory remotely, including telescope pointing, image taking and processing, image downloading on one's home PC, weather alerts.[1] The amateur astronomers that manage the observatory are mainly involved in comet studies and galaxy observations, in order to search for supernovae.[2] In the framework of CROSS (Col drusciè Remote Observatory Supernovae Search) program they have discovered so far 30 supernovae and one minor planet (called "Cortina d'Ampezzo").[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "L'OSSERVATORIO ASTRONOMICO DEL COL DRUSCIE' "HELMUT ULLRICH"" (in Italian). L’Associazione Astronomica Cortina. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Associazione Astronomica Cortina". Col Drusciè observatory Helmet Ulrich. AstroWeb System. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2012.

External linksEdit

  • Official website