AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 168 Instrumentation and Telescopes for Small College Observatories
Special Session, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Royal Palm 4-6

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[168.01] Instrumentation at the Gettysburg College Observatory---and What to Do With It

L. A. Marschall (Gettysburg College)

Gettysburg College Observatory has maintained an active program of student and faculty research on its 16-inch f/11 Ealing refractor since the 1980ís by taking advantage of ongoing advances in technology, many of them off-the-shelf. Though most observing at GCO nowadays is conducted from an adjacent warm room, the observatory can be run remotely over the web. We discuss the current high-performance CCD camera and autoguider, useful software for automation and data handling, and describe a variety of observing programs carried out using this instrumentation. These projects range from simple teaching exercises for upperclass physics laboratories to student research projects on asteroids, supernovae, binary stars, and extrasolar planets. The Gettysburg College Observatory has received support from the National Science Foundation and from Gettysburg College.


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