CNN's new video Alaska reached temperatures warmer than California in December includes file footage from a webcam from the top of a mountain in Hawaii showing three observatories.

Annotation at the top says

CFHT/December 3, Waimea, Hawaii

and embedded digital data at the bottom says

Catwalk PTZ: (plus date and time)

Question: Is it possible to identify which three telescopes these are? Is this webcam view available to the public?

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These appear to be (from left to right, or near to far):

For an arial view see Google Maps.

The webcam appears to be on the Canada France Hawaii Telescope. The link to the webcam I think is the appropriate one: South Webcam. Note the same "Catwalk PTZ" at the bottom of the image.

PFHT South Webcam Image from 31 December 2021

  • $\begingroup$ I've never looked up there via google maps, geez there are a lot of telescopes! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Dec 31, 2021 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ Canada France Hawaii telescope I think. $\endgroup$ Jan 1, 2022 at 1:38
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh you want to know what exactly is that telescope in that frame ? And yes CFHT means Canada France Hawaii Telescope $\endgroup$ Jan 1, 2022 at 4:42
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    $\begingroup$ CFHT isn't in the picture. The webcam is on CFHT I think. I also think I found the webcam link. I will edit the answer. $\endgroup$ Jan 1, 2022 at 4:46

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