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J. D. Cline (PARI), M. W. Castelaz (PARI/East Tenn. St. Univ.), C. S. Osborne, J. Powers (PARI)
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing research, study, and educational access to optical and radio astronomy for a broad cross section of users. Pre-college through post-graduate students have the opportunity to work and learn with full time and visiting astronomers while performing research using a variety of advanced astronomical techniques. Additional access will be provided on a remote basis through the Internet to grades K-12 and the public. Located about 50 km west of Asheville, North Carolina, PARI maintains a radio observatory with two 26-m radio telescopes for the study of radiation from 21 cm through 2 cm, a 17-30 MHz log periodic pair antennae dedicated to the study of Jupiter-Io magnetic field interaction, a 12-m precision surface antenna for the study of radiation from 21 cm through 0.6 cm, a 4.6-m dish for the study of radiation from 21 cm through 3 cm, and an all-sky survey 0.20-m remote controllable optical telescope. Details of the radio telescopes and procedures for using the existing facilities and future plans at PARI will be described.
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