Schauinsland Observatory

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Schauinsland Observatory

The origins of solar research in Freiburg go back to the year 1943 when Karl Otto Kiepenheuer (1910 -1975) established an observatory near the summit of the Black Forest Peak of Schauinsland (1284 m asl) in the vicinity of Freiburg. Together with other observatories at Zugspitze, Wendelstein, Kanzelhöhe and Syracuse in Italy this was to form a telescope network from which a regular monitoring of the solar activity should emerge.

After WW II the Schauinsland-Observatory evolved into the 'Fraunhofer-Institut für Sonnenphysik' which later was renamed in honour of it's founder. After a new observatory went into service on the island of Capri, Italy in 1966 the observational facilities were no longer kept operational on a regular base.

The Tower-Telescope has an aperture of 45 cm and is equipped with a grid-spectrograph of 8 m focal length. It underwent a complete refurbishment in 1972. It is now mainly used as a testbed for equipment to be used at the Tenerife Observatory and for educational purposes.

Every year the observatory is open to the general public on several occassions. Please find further informations related  to Public Relations within dedicated webpages.