UH telescope atop Maunakea to get big upgrade

Students and local engineers test UH 2.2-meter software. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The UH 2.2-meter was the first telescope on Maunakea to switch to full remote observing. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A team of astronomers at the University of Hawaii was recently awarded a $1 million grant to upgrade the UH 2.2-meter telescope on Maunakea, giving the mountain’s first large telescope a leg up on its larger, newer neighbors, with more nimble, streamlined operations.