Xingming Observatory

Xingming Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Mt. Nanshan, Xinjiang, China, built and managed by amateur astronomer Xing Gao (gaoxing8888 at sina.com). The observatory is named after the prominent amateur astronomer, Xing-Ming Zhou (1965-2004).

The observatory is housed at the Nanshan Station of Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Nanshan site is about 75 km southeast of Ürümqi, a major city along the ancient Silk Road. There are about 280 observable nights per year, with median atmospheric seeing around 1.4".

Since its establishment in 2007, Xingming Observatory has been operational throughout the year and is constantly expanding. It is now home to several citizen science projects, including an amateur-led synoptic sky survey searching for novae, supernovae and comets. The observatory also provides remote access to its facilities for amateur astronomers at no additional costs. The observatory is among the very first of its kind in the country and has earned its reputation throughout the Chinese astronomy community.

We have always been very keen on collaborations with other amateurs and professionals. Xingming Observatory is located in a longitude range with relatively sparse observatories, and so a significant effort has been devoted into time-domain observations. The Xingming facilities have participated in rapid follow-up of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) detected by the Swift spacecraft as well as high frequency observations of asteroids and comets. If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact: Quan-Zhi Ye (qye22 at uwo.ca), Man-To Hui (pachacoti at ucla.edu).

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Acknowledgement

We thank all participating amateur astronomers whom make the Xingming Observatory a success, including Tao Chen, Rui Yang, Guoyou Sun, Zhangwei Jin, Jiangao Ruan, Zhijian Xu, Hanjie Tan, Jianmin Zhao, Shihong Yuan, Man-To Hui, Jinchen Ye, Lei Huang, Jin Beize, Yuan-Sheng Tsai, Xuejun Zhang, Siwei Luo, Bin Wang, Lidong, Wang, Quan-Zhi Ye, Fengfang Yuan, Song Chen, Hua Su, Chan Yat Ping, and many others. We also thank the following donors for their support: Qingliu Wen, Lijun He, Zhangwei Jin, Xiangyu Zhang, Jia Wen, Zonghe Zhou, Weiyi Chen, Xing Liao, Yibin Wang, Zhuoxiao Wang, and those who wish to remain anonymous. We gratefully acknowledge CAS Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory for land use permission and many supports.


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