UPDATE 2018-FEB: MONET/South is back in operation
UPDATE 2018-JUN-08: MONET/North UPS repaired; will soon be re-commissioned
The MONET (MOnitoring NEtwork of Telescopes) project is a network of two 1.2m telescopes operated by the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, the McDonald Observatory of the University of Texas at Austin, and the South African Astronomical Observatory.
A large fraction of the observing time is available to schools as part of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation's "Astronomie & Internet" project, managed together with our educational partners, especially the Universität Duisburg-Essen, the Astronomical Institut of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and the McDonald Observatory Visitor's Center.
Together with one of our partner schools, the Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Göttingen, we jointly won 1st place in the 2010 national competition "Schule trifft Wissenschaft" ("School meets Science") sponsored by the Robert-Bosch-Foundation.
The MONET network operates the MONET/North in Texas and MONET/South in South Africa both in robotic and remote observing modes. The normal robotic operations may be stopped at any time for maintenance or technical testing purposes. If you have a particularly important observation to make, please contact us about getting special treatment.