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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

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


Introduction for Education and Public Outreach

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


  • PARI Optical Ridge for Education and Public Outreach

  • 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


PARI Optical Observatories for Education and Public Outreach

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


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.


Near-Infrared Afterglow Gamma Ray Burst for Education and Public Outreach

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


2. Stellar Observatory for Education and Public Outreach

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.


Stellar Observatory for Education and Public Outreach

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


3. Atmosphere for Education and Public Outreach

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.


4. Solar & Lunar for Education and Public Outreach

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


Atmosphere and Solar/Lunar Telescopes for Education and Public Outreach

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


5. Supporters of the PARI Astronomy Center for Education for Education and Public Outreach(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.


SPACE Observatory for Education and Public Outreach

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

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


6. Low Mass Binary Star Survey for Education and Public Outreach

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.


Low Mass Binary Star Survey for Education and Public Outreach

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

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


7. Webcams for Education and Public Outreach

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.


8. Polaris (PARI) for Education and Public Outreach

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.


Polaris Observatory for Education and Public Outreach

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

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


9. Wide Field 1.1 m Telescope for Education and Public Outreach

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


10. University Remote for Education and Public Outreach

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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