AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 48 Visible-Light Telescopes, Instruments, and Technology
Poster, Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[48.01] Phoenix Rising: The Helen Sawyer Hogg Telescope Finds a New Home in Argentina.

R.F. Garrison (DDO, University of Toronto), O.H. Levato (CASLEO, Argentina)

For 26 years (1971-1997), the University of Toronto operated a very productive 60-cm optical telescope on Carnegie's Cerro Las Campanas in north-central Chile. Due to a series of cutbacks in subsidies through NSERC, Canada's research-funding agency, the doors were closed on 01 July 1997 (Canada Day). Following an agreement between astronomers at DDO (Canada) and CASLEO, Argentina, the telescope and dome were relocated on Cerro Burek in Parque Nacional El Leoncita, Argentina, just on the other side of the Andes from Ovalle, Chile. The new building is 3 meters higher and has a dozen ventilating windows. The result is unexpectedly superior seeing. The average point spread function is 0.7 arcseconds. During construction of the building and rebuilding of the telescope, all decisions were made with the intention of operating the telescope remotely, initially from the warmroom of the CASLEO 2.15 meter telescope and ultimately from Toronto and San Juan.

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