PIXO, the astronomy observatory at Tech Dome Penang was officially opened by the Tourism Minister, Dato’ Nazri Aziz on 18 December 2016. It houses the most powerful telescope in Penang, the Officina Stellare Pro RC 400 which is a reflecting type with a 16" diameter primary mirror. The Ritchey-Chretien optical design of this telescope does not produce any comma, spherical or chromatic aberrations which is the very reason this design is also used in the Hubble Space Telescope.
Another telescope available at PIXO is the Lunt 152mm Solar Telescope, the largest commercially available telescope purely to observe the Sun. Equiped with a special Etalon filter, visitors would be able to observe prominences, filaments, spicules, solar flares and the chromosphere, features which we don't normally see with the naked eye.
PIXO is also a focal meeting point of the Astronomical Society of Penang. Visitors will learn about the mysteries of the stars and galaxies from esteemed astronomers, old and young alike.