AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 122. Instruments for Observing Transient Events
Poster, Thursday, January 9, 2003, 9:20am-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[122.07] The Pan-STARRS Optical Survey Telescope Project

N. Kaiser (IfA, U. Hawaii), Pan-STARRS Team

The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii is developing a large optical survey telescope system. Currently conceived of as an array of four 1.8m class telescopes, the system will have a very wide field of view, and massive CCD detectors with rapid read-out. The system will repeatedly scan the entire sky on a rapid cadence, and will be uniquely capable of detecting faint transient, variable or moving objects. For survey work, Pan-STARRS will be more powerful than all existing telescopes combined. A major goal for the project is to detect potentially dangerous asteroids, and Pan-STARRS will be able to push the detection limit to smaller sizes than those accessible to existing search programs. In addition, the data will used to address a wide range of astronomical problems, including studies of the Solar System, the Galaxy, and the Cosmos. The science objectives and also the performance goals of the project will be described.

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