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Haut-Provence Observatory (Observatoire de Haut-Provence)




A French national facility, established in 1937 and operated by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). It is built on a plateau, 645 meters (2,100 ft) above sea level, at Saint-Michel in southern France, about 95 km (60 miles) north of Marseilles. Among its instruments are reflecting telescopes with apertures of 1.93 meters (76 in.), 1.52 meters (60 in.), 1.2 meters (47 in.), and 80 centimeters (36 in.), and a 60/90-cm (24/36-in.) Schmidt camera. Attached to the 1.93-meter telescope is the Elodie spectrograph used to search for extrasolar planets.


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