To acquire a vacuum pump, a portable computer, and a customized script for creating FITS images in support of research using two MIRA CCD to be used for direct imaging and spectroscopy of gravitational lenses, diffuse interstellar bands, T Tauri, stars, Be lines, and comets, among others. The F.A.R. gratefully acknowledges the donation by the Institute for Space Observations of the funds for this grant.
Grant Recipients in 2006
Grant Recipients $11,973
To purchase a 20″ Ritchie Chreiten that will be mounted on a Mathis-instrument MI-750 Equatorial Mount to allow external guiding.
For the purchase of two or three 4-CPU dual-node Intel Xeon workstations. The PI will use these computers to build a cluster that will be used for computational studies of planetary dynamics. This facility will be available to approximately 30 scientists, including faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students.
In addition, in October 2006, the Fund for Astrophysical Research donated a mirror blank to the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The mirror blank had been donated to the F.A.R. many years ago, when the F.A.R. was an operating foundation. It had been carried on our books at zero book value and had been reported on our 990-PF for 2005 with an estimated fair market value of $20,000. There is no active market in mirror blanks of this kind. The University of Tasmania advised the F.A.R. that it was selling the mirror blank for US$30,000 to the developer of an observatory in Australia and would apply the cash proceeds toward the completion of the Dunham-Waterworth Spectrograph at the University
To assemble a Linux workstation able to visualize in 3D the output of cosmological simulations of galaxy formation to enable students and researchers to easily observe numerical simulations of astrophysical processes.