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Further Advancements of the PARI Optical Ridge Telescopes for Education and Public Outreach. M. W. Castelaz, J. D. Cline Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute www.pari.edu. A Not-For-Profit Public Foundation. AAS 203rd Meeting. 8 January 2004 . S ession 118.04 Reaching Out: EPO.

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Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

Further Advancements of the PARI Optical Ridge Telescopes for Education and Public Outreach

M. W. Castelaz, J. D. ClinePisgah Astronomical Research Institute

www.pari.edu

A Not-For-Profit Public Foundation

AAS 203rd Meeting. 8 January 2004. Session 118.04 Reaching Out: EPO


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

Introduction

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute(PARI)isa not-for-profit public foundation dedicated to providing research and educational access to radio and optical astronomy for a broad cross-section of users.

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The PARI campus is relatively free of light and radio interference.

PARI is located on 200 acres in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

  • PARI Optical Ridge

  • Location: Optical observatories are 500 m from the PARI Main Campus and runs East-West with sharp N-S drop-offs

  • Altitude 910 m, Latitude 35O 11.8’ N, Longitude 82O 52.3’ W

  • Horizon: Lowest point is 0.25O and highest point is 5O

  • Skies: Average of three nights per week for spectroscopy, differential photometry, astrometry

  • Ideal for long-term and survey work


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

PARI Optical Observatories

1. Optical Afterglow Gamma Ray Burst (UNC-Chapel Hill)

10. University 0.5 m Telescope (Future)

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2. Stellar (PARI)

3,4. Atmosphere, Solar & Lunar

9. Wide Field 1.1 m Telescope (Future)

5. SPACE (PARI Supporters)

8. Polaris (PARI)

6. Low Mass Binary Star Survey (UNC-Chapel Hill)

7. Webcams (PARI)

Latitude 35O 11.8’ N, Longitude 82O 52.3’ W, Altitude 910 m


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

  • Near-Infrared Afterglow Gamma Ray Burst

Principal Investigators: Melissa Nysewonger and Dan Reichart (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Telescope: 0.30 m, f/10, 68.7 arcsec/mm

Camera: Cooled Indigo Systems Alpha NIR InGaAs CCD

Mode of Operation: Robotic/Remote

Research:

Investigate infrared wavelengths of GRBs to find emission from dark bursts, called "dark" because they have no detectable optical afterglow

Education:

Observatory for use by high school teachers and students. In collaboration with Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill. Also, doctoral candidate thesis research.


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

Near-Infrared Afterglow Gamma Ray Burst

FOV:10.3 arcmin x 8.8 arcmin2.0 arcsec/pix

CCD Camera:Near-IR, 0.9-1.7 um320 x 256 pixels30 um square pixels12-bit A/D


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

2. Stellar Observatory

Principal Investigators: D. Cline & M. Castelaz (PARI)

Telescope: 0.30 m, f/10, 68.7 arcsec/mm

Camera: SBIG ST10XME + BVRI, SBIG Self-Guiding Spectrometer with 600 g/mm gratings

Mode of Operation: Remote

Research:

Five year observation campaign measuring optical low resolution spectra (120 Å/mm) and photometry covering complete light curves of four Mira variables.

Education:

Undergraduate research experiences observing and modeling of Mira variable spectra.


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

Stellar Observatory

CCD Camera:2184 x 1472 pixels6.8 um square pixels16-bit, 9 e- rms

FOV:17.1 arcmin x 11.5 arcmin0.47 arcsec/pix


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

3. Atmosphere

Principal Investigators: Cline (PARI)

Telescope: 12.7 cm, f/10, 162 arcsec/mm

Camera: SBIG STV

Mode of Operation: Robotic

Research:

Continuously monitor seeing and atmospheric transparency in the Pisgah National Forest.

Education:

Environmental studies students have access to atmospheric conditions. The conditions are published to the internet.


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

4. Solar & Lunar

Principal Investigators: Cline & Castelaz

Telescope: 12.7 cm, f/3.3 with focal reducer, 535 arcsec/mm

Camera: SBIG STV

Mode of Operation: Robotic

Research:

Recordsunspots

Education:

General public and K-12 science studies from live images of the Sun and Moon


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

Atmosphere and Solar/Lunar Telescopes

Each CCD Camera:656 x 480 pixels7.4 um square pixels16-bit

Atmosphere

Solar/Lunar

FOV:15.8 arcmin x 9.6 arcmin1.2 arcsec/pix

FOV with f/3.3 focal reducer:52.1 arcmin x 31.7 arcmin4 arcsec/pix


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

5. Supporters of the PARI Astronomy Center for Education (SPACE Observatory)

Principal Investigators: Joe Phillips

Telescope: 0.25 m, f/10, 82.5 arcsec/mm

Camera: SBIG ST7XME

Mode of Operation: Remote

Research:

PARI has access for target-of-opportunity events such as gamma ray bursts.

Education:

Supporters of PARI and amateur astronomers use this telescope remotely, on a subscription basis.


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

SPACE Observatory

FOV:9.5 arcmin x 6.3 arcmin0.74 arcsec/pix

CCD Camera:756 x 510 pixels9 um square pixels16-bit, 15 e- rms


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

6. Low Mass Binary Star Survey

Principal Investigators: Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Chris Clemens (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Telescope: 0.24 m, f/10, 103 arcsec/mm

Camera: Apogee Ap-10 + VRI filters

Mode of Operation: Robotic

Research:

Three-year optical survey to find detached low mass eclipsing binaries and use them to make direct measurements of masses and radii.

Education:

Doctoral candidate thesis research.


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

Low Mass Binary Star Survey

FOV:47 arcmin x 31 arcmin1.4 arcsec/pix

CCD Camera:2048 x 2048 pixels14 um square pixels14-bit, 15 e- rms


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

7. Webcams

Principal Investigators: PARI Staff

Telescope: Telescopes are video lenses

Camera: Each position is a CCD video camera

Mode of Operation: Robotic

Research:

These cameras are for education/public outreach.

Education:

Eight Webcams show the PARI campus and observatories and sky conditions live at www.pari.edu.


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

8. Polaris (PARI)

Principal Investigators: Cline & Castelaz

Telescope: 0.25 m, f/6.3, 130.9 arcsec/mm

Camera: SBIG STV + BVRI filters

Mode of Operation: Robotic

Research:

Dedicated to multi-year, continuous phase coverage photometry of Polaris, a Cepheid with variations in period and minimum & maximum amplitude.

Education:

Undergraduate research experiences observing the light curve of Polaris.


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

Polaris Observatory

CCD Camera:656 x 480 pixels7.4 um square pixels16-bit

FOV:10.6 arcmin x 7.8 arcmin0.97 arcsec/pix


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

9. Wide Field 1.1 m Telescope

Principal Investigators: PLANNED: PARI

Telescope: 1.1 m f/4.4 prime focus

Camera: TBD … telescope has 150mm dia. flat field

Mode of Operation: Remote

  • Education:

  • All data to be published on Internet for education/public outreach.

  • Also, undergraduate and graduate research.

  • Research:

  • Near-Earth Asteroid Monitoring

  • Supernova Survey

  • Gamma-Ray burst follow-up

  • Spectrographic measurements


Further advancements of the pari optical ridge telescopes for education and public outreach

10. University Remote

Principal Investigators: PLANNED: Consortium

Telescope: 0.50 m

Camera: TBD

Mode of Operation: Remote

Research:

Dedicated to use by universities that invest in the observatory for their astronomy students and faculty.

  • Education:

  • Undergraduate research

  • Classroom use


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