To purchase a Local Area Network (LAN), Ethernet cards and related software for the Braeside Observatory, since current high-speed use and anticipated CCD usage cannot adequately be handled by their existing serial lines. For more than a decade, Braeside has provided tens of thousands of photometric data points to dozens of astronomers, resulting in more than thirty co-authored papers. Installation of this equipment and software will substantially add to Braeside’s capabilities in these collaborative programs.
Grant Recipients in 1991
Grant Recipients $10,092
To purchase a commercial field acquisition/guide CCD camera for the guide telescope of the Mees Observatory that will be used by astronomers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Geneseo and the University of Rochester to study OB Star Multiple Systems.
To purchase three sets of Stromgren Filters, for use in a three-channel photometer, which will be used with the SFA Observatory’s 1.0 meter telescope. Current research projects, which will utilize the photometer and filters, include photometry of close binaries and cataclysmic variables, and lunar occultations. The Observatory also intends to initiate a long-term observing project of d Scuti stars, a class of rapid pulsational variables.
To upgrade the current complement of computers by the purchase of a CD-ROM drive and a large-capacity hard disk, which will allow faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students access to large astronomical databases.
To purchase a Digital Audio Tape (DAT) drive (which will be installed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wyoming), to transport and reduce data from the optical CCD camera system in operation at the Wyoming Infrared Observatory. Several research projects are supported by this camera system, and the addition of the DAT drive will enhance its use by research scientists and graduate students working independently and in collaboration with Michigan State University, whose scientists built the camera.