AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 33 Instrumentation: Ground-Based and Space-Based
Oral, Monday, January 10, 2005, 10:00-11:30am, Royal Palm 1-3

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[33.02] PS1 - The Prototype Pan-STARRS Telescope

K. C. Chambers (Institute for Astronomy), Pan-STARRS 0

The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii is developing a large optical synoptic survey telescope system; the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System. Pan-STARRS will consist of an array of four 1.8m telescopes each with a 7 square degree field of view. Pan-STARRS will be able to scan the entire visible sky to approximately 24th magnitude in less than a week, and this unique combination of sensitivity and cadence will open up many new possibilities in time domain astronomy and address a wide range of astrophysical problems in the Solar System, the Galaxy, and the Universe.

The Pan-STARRS Telescope No. 1 (PS1) is the prototype telescope for the Pan-STARRS project and is scheduled to begin construction on Haleakala shortly, with first light in January 2006. PS1 is 1.8 meter telescope with a Gigapixel Camera and 7 square degree field of view. It is designed for autonomous operatation, with a dedicated data reduction pipeline. A description of the PS1 site,capabilities, science drivers, and design reference mission will be presented.

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