To upgrade an existing 18-inch telescope at the Dark Sky Observatory to allow more reliable tracking and guiding. This upgrade will allow current CCD photometry programs to reach fainter targets and improve observing efficiency with the spectrograph.
Grant Recipients in 2001
Grant Recipients $16,039
To purchase a Finger Lakes CFW-1 filter wheel and two 50 mm diameter Johnson filters. The filter wheel will improve automation of the campus observatory by moving control of filter changes out of the dome and into the warm room.
To purchase a filter wheel and filters for the 16″ DFM telescope. The filter wheel will maximize the scientific productivity of this instrument and allow it as a node in coordinated, multi-site observing programs.
To purchase a 40/80 GB DLT1 tape backup unit for existing computers to backup archival data that come from the Chandra X-ray telescope.
To purchase a computer which will be loaded with LINUX and IRAF for LINUX, enabling the development of a multi-wave length observational research program.
To purchase a new computer and disk drive to be used for observational research into the dynamics of globular clusters, including the study of binary stars and internal motions of stars within clusters with the goal to constrain theoretical models of cluster dynamics. The F.A.R. gratefully acknowledges the donation by the Institute for Space Observations of the funds for this grant.
To support spectroscopic monitoring of selected luminous blue variable stars at Ritter Observatory through the purchase of a 12 months’ supply of liquid nitrogen to cool the CCD detector of the low-dispersion spectrograph.