(McLeod, Corbin) From the beginning of the Vatican Observatory project to today the existence of observatory and its location on Mount Graham has been a â¦ Graham. One has to ask themselves, âWhy?â One particular telescope is called L.U.C.I.F.E.R. Under his leadership the Vatican Observatory Research Group was established at the University of Arizona and in collaboration with the University he made possible the construction of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, with the worldâs first spin-cast mirror, on Mt. Vatican's search for extraterrestrial life goes back centuries. The Mount Graham International Observatory was funded not only by the University of Arizona, but also international scientists and astronomers from Italy, Germany and the Vatican. The Vatican owns some of the worldâs most powerful telescopes. To conduct their research, Vatican astronomers are using a German-owned telescope at the Mount Graham International Observatory which uses the acronym LUCIFER to shorten a very long name. The Vatican did not name a telescope âLucifer.â The Vatican Observatory shares space (no pun intended) with other organizations and groups. Graham telescope project. There are a number of organizations, including the Jesuits who use the Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility which house the telescope; together which make up the VATT complex. It's at the Mount Graham Int'l Observatory in Arizona, where Vatican astronomers observe 'deep space'. Page 2 of 25 The neighboring Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, or VATT, is manned by Jesuit astronomers. In a twist of irony, luciferâs neighbors are atholic Jesuits at the Vaticanâs observatory on Mount Graham. Mount Graham International Observatory 1480 W. Swift Trail Safford, AZ 85546. An odd situation surrounding this observatory is its association with the Vatican. The Vatican maintains an observatory on Mt. (Mount Graham, seen from U.S. 191, south of Safford, Ariz. Photo by Ben Lund / CC BY-SA 2.0.) The Vatican Observatory does not own each piece of equipment, nor can it give official names or nicknames to things it does not own. The observatory houses the Alice P. Lennon Gregorian telescope with an f/1 reflective mirror. Another group installed a telescope it nicknamed Lucifer. In a peculiar twist, Horn also said he spoke with a Jesuit at the Vatican Telephone from Safford Vicinity: (928) 428-2739 Telephone from Tucson: (520) 621-8650 Fax: (928) 428-2854 This includes Dr. Christopher Corbally, Vice Director for the Vatican Observatory Research Group on Mt. located at the Mount Graham Observatory and is an acronym for âLarge Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Researchâ. George Coyne was director of both the Vatican Observatory and the UA astronomy department and helped launch the Mt. SUBSCRIBE NOW $3 for 3 months. Graham in southwestern Arizona. Exo-Vaticana Findings About the Vatican's UFO Connection. Vatican owns the most powerful telescope in the world.