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The Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO) is located in the picturesque neighbourhood of the village of Kavalur in the Javadi Hills, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Established in the 1970s, VBO hosts the 1m Carl Zeiss Telescope, and the 2.3m Vainu Bappu telescope
Proposals are invited for telescope time on the 2.3m VBT and the 1m Zeiss telescope. The observing cycles are for a 4-month period, and proposals are invited three times a year. The three cycle periods and their corresponding deadlines are given below.
The Vainu Bappu Observatory is located about 175 km south-east of Bangalore, and about 200 km south-west of Chennai (formerly Madras).
Local Time : Indian Standard Time (IST) : IST = GMT + 05 30hrs
Vainu Bappu Observatory
Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Kavalur, Alangayam 635 701 INDIA
Tel : 91 (04174) 203014
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Peninsular India is usually hit by two monsoons in a year - the southwest monsoon starting around the beginning of June, and the northeast monsoon which settles in around the end of October. The peak observing season is January - April or May.
The telescope seeing at the Zeiss 1m telescope is very close to the site seeing and is in the range of ~0".8-2" (FWHM), 1.5" being typical. The dome + mirror seeing at the Vainu Bappu Telescope (VBT) is somewhat worse; the range is ~1"-3" (FWHM), with ~2".5 being the typical value.
The nearest airport to VBO is Bangalore, which besides being an international airport, is connected by direct flights to Chennai (formerly Madras), Mumbai (formerly Bombay), New Delhi and Kolkata.
The nearest train stations are Vaniyambadi (29km from VBO) and Jolarpettai (46km from VBO), which have connections from Bangalore, Chennai , Mumbai and New Delhi.
The VBO, located near the village of Kavalur, may be reached by road from Bangalore, via Hosur-Krishnagiri-Vaniyambadi-Alangayam-Kavalur.
Vainu Bappu Observatory is open to public on Saturdays between 2 PM and 5 PM. They will be shown the operation of Vainu Bappu Telescope. If clear, night sky will also be shown through the 15 cm visitor telescope. Temporarily the visitor program is suspended until further notification.
Vainu Bappu Observatory is 11 Kms from Alangayam, which is 18 Kms from Vaniyambadi. Vaniyambadi is on the Vellore-Bangalore highway.
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