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The 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.