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Session 42 - Ground-Based Optical Telescopes & Instruments.
Display session, Tuesday, January 14
Metropolitan Ballroom,

[42.02] Research and Education at Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory

D. B. Caton (Appalachian St. U.)

Appalachian State University maintains a research and teaching observatory in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The Dark Sky Observatory (DSO) facility includes 16-inch and 18-inch telescopes that have been used for 15 years to acquire photometric data on eclipsing binaries, and for spectroscopy. Another 16-inch telescope is under development for automated photometry--it has seen first light and is being debugged. The main telescope is a DFM Engineering 32-inch which has been in operation for a year and a half.

Research programs include CCD/pmt photometry of eclipsing binaries, spectroscopy of Lambda Boo stars, and CCD photometric monitoring of high-z QSO's.

Research and education programs at DSO have been supported with grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Astronomical Society, the Fund for Astronophysical Research, and the Cottrell Research Corporation.

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