Archives of Photographic PLates for Astronomical USE

Thüringer Landessternwarte

Karl Schwarzschild Observatory

The observatory was founded in 1960 as an affiliated institute of the former Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin and named “Karl-Schwarzschild-Observatorium” in honour of the famous astronomer and physicist Karl Schwarzschild (1873 – 1916).

In 1992, the institute was refounded as Thüringer Landessternwarte
“Karl Schwarzschild” Tautenburg indicating that it is operated as a State Observatory of the Freistaat Thüringen.

Latitude 50° 58´ 48.4″ North
Longitude 11° 42´ 40.2″ East
Declination axis 341m above sea level

The observatory is located about 10 kilometers north-east of Jena.

Coupola of TLS

Telescopes and Instruments

See the instruments and telescopes page. Further information on the website of TLS


A Mollweide diagram shows the footprint of the plates