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ill_1SCSU, Western Kentucky University and Villanova University are members of the RCT Consortium which manages the 1.3-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory west of Tucson, Arizona. The telescope is capable of observing in any one of three modes, manually on-site, remotely in real time over the Internet, or robotically without human intervention.

Western Kentucky University took the lead in forming the consortium and acquiring the funding for the refurbishment of the telescope from NASA's Office of Space Science. The other members and Western Kentucky are providing for the long-term upkeep of the facility through annual consortium membership fees, in-kind contributions, and additional funds from grants and other sources.