Facilities

Name Telescope Instrument Main Purpose Period of Service Note
Operational
Nova Search Program (NSP) 10 cm f/2.8 lens Canon 350D (4.3ºx2.9º field, 4.5″ pixel)
Nova and comet survey Since 2007  
Comet Search Program (CSP) 11 cm f/5.0 refractor Apogee U16M (4º field, 3.5″ pixel), Sloan filter set Comet survey Since 2010 Upgraded from the original CSP system (2008-2010)
Popular Supernova Project (PSP) 36 cm f/6.9 Schmidt-Cassegrain QHY-9 (25’x19′ field, 0.44″ pixel) Supernova survey Since July 2015  
Half-Meter Telescope (HMT) 50 cm f/3.5 reflector QHY-11 (1º field, 0.9″ pixel) at prime focus Solar system survey, GRB follow-up
Since June 2016 Crowdsourced, built and donated by HMT Consortium (PI: Chen Song; Co-Is: Cao Xi, Xing Zhigang, Fang Zhou, Shen Yanfang, Zhang Lei, Qiu Hongyun, Cheng Jiefeng)
Ningbo Education Xinjiang Observatory Telescope (NEXT) 60 cm f/8 Ritchey-Chrétien FLI 230-42 (22′ field, 0.6″ pixel), BVR g’ r’ i’ filter set Photometry and rapid follow-up Since November 2017 Manage for Ningbo Bureau of Education and Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory
Photometric Auxillary Telescope (PAT) 30 cm f/3.6 reflector FLI PL16803 (2º field, 1.7″ pixel), BVR g’ r’ i’ filter set Photometry and rapid follow-up Since March 2020  
Planned
Enormous Areal Survey Telescope (EAST) 11 cm f/5.0 refractor QHY 45GX (5.4º field, 9″ pixel) Comet survey Expected in 2020  
Retired
Supernova and Asteroid Search Program (SASP) 36 cm f/6.9 Schmidt-Cassegrain QHY-9 Supernova and asteroid survey 2010-2015 Replaced by the Popular Supernova Project
Comet Search Program (CSP) 10 cm f/2.8 lens Canon 350D Comet survey 2008-2010 Upgraded to CSP-2