Remote Observing at the Dark Ridge Observatory. And Beyond…. Thomas C. Smith, Director, Dark Ridge Observatory STAR 2008, San Luis Obispo, California. A Statement of Fact.
Thomas C. Smith, Director, Dark Ridge Observatory
STAR 2008, San Luis Obispo, California
Students that utilize remote observatories to conduct their scientific research are often at the mercy and whims of the observatory owner/operator
In today’s growing arsenal of remote observatories, many have provided the use of their equipment for both research and astrophotography but for most remote sites the support ends there
At the Dark Ridge Observatory students are made a part of the entire observatory and observing process including data reduction, analysis and incorporation into scientific papers in both refereed and non-refereed scientific journals
The proposed rendition looking at phase 1 of the DRO construction effort.
View out the control room window to the first of three roll-off observatories in phase 1 of the construction work.
Hi Tom, I have done a little bit of 'data mining' in the WDS Catalog and have found a few interesting M type double stars. Only one is a confirmed binary (GRB 34AB). HJ 5453AB hasn't changed theta in almost 200 years and it's rho has only changed 0.1'. just judging by numbers alone (although I still have a lot to learn about it), STF 72 and STF 126AB seem to have similar proper motion, and their rho and theta are changing somewhat rapidly compared to HJ 5453AB. all are brighter than mag 11.1 and have separations greater than 23'. Jo
Hi Jo, The declinations of all the stars are well placed for decent observations. Most are quite bright however but this should not make it too difficult to image them. Right now I am in the middle of a horrific wind storm with gusts over 80 miles an hours. It has also been raining here and cloudy when not raining so I have done no imaging beyond what I did a week ago. If the weather patter holds to the predictions it should be really nice for the next three days/nights so maybe I can get a chance to image these systems. Have you looked at them on Aladin to see if you can identify the components? I'll let you know what I find. Thomas C. Smith Dark Ridge Observatory
Hi Tom,attached are what I think are the components. for whatever reason, GRB 34AB is not centered. STF 72 has an incredibly sparse field very similar to 3 Peg. STF 126AB has several possible secondary stars. however, I believe the brightest one is the secondary because it is comparable to other tenth magnitude stars on Aladin.Jo
I managed to get the computer for the 14” fixed and imaged all four of the M stars tonight. I’ll put it together in an Excel spreadsheet like the previous ones but only after I get the paper parts that I owe you together first. Here is a teaser “RAW” image for you of STF 126AB.
Thomas C. Smith
Dark Ridge Observatory
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Thomas C. Smith
Director, Dark Ridge Observatory
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