While much of student astronomical research takes place during classes or workshops on school campuses analyzing data, writing papers, etc., it enriches their research experience if they can gather some of the data themselves in person at a mountaintop observatory, and present their research results at conferences.
Students observe with the same historic telescopes at Mt. Wilson Observatory that Edwin Hubble used to discover the size and expansion of the universe.
The 60-inch telescope at the Mt. Wilson Observatory was commissioned in 1907, and was the world’s largest telescope for 13 years. It is a very convenient telescope for student use.
The 100-inch telescope at Mt. Wilson Observatory was commissioned in 1920, and was the world’s largest telescope for almost three decades. Students use it for observations, but it is not as easy to use as the 60-inch telescope.