AAS 196th Meeting, June 2000
Session 52. Ground Based Instrumentations
Display, Thursday, June 8, 2000, 9:20am-4:00pm, Empire Hall South

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[52.01] Progress in Radio and Optical Astronomy at PARI

J. D. Cline, M. W. Castelaz, J. Powers (PARI)

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) was established in January 1999 in part to make radio and optical research facilities avaliable to the astronomical community. PARI was first introduced to astronomers at the 195th Meeting of the AAS (Cline et al. 1999, BAAS, 31, 1502). Briefly, the primary facilities at PARI consist of two rennovated 26-m radio telescopes, retrofit from fast-tracking to sidereal tracking, and a 12-m and a 5-m radio telescope. Frequencies and use in the immediate future will be discussed. Located at the south end of the 200 acre facility is a ridge which is being studied for optical telescope development. Initial seeing tests and site weather history will be discussed, with emphasis on the impact on future optical astronomy at PARI. Already on the optical ridge is a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 0.26-m telescope dedicated to a unique three year sky survey. The remote-access telescope was installed in March 2000 and will begin operation during the Summer 2000. This is the first optical telescope at PARI and details of its mission will be discussed. More information can be found at www.pari.edu.

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