The ANU 16inch Telescope, purchased from Boller & Chivens, was operational soon after the 40 inch Telescope (circa 1965). Its building was designed with room for small mechanical and electronic workshops.
The telescope was designed as a photometric telescope to follow up observations made on the 40 inch, and proved useful for the provision of zero point standards between 8 and 12 magnitude and for working on brighter variable stars. It also had a 20 cm Schmidt camera mounted on it for photographic studies of very large nebulae.
The building is now used as office space for on-site operations staff.