|Sommers-Bausch Observatory - University of Colorado|
Here is the Operations Manual for the SBO 18-Inch Telescope. These documents are written in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document File (PDF) format, so that you can either read them on-line, or download them and print them out for yourself. Number of pages and file sizes are included with each listing.
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