Successful Operation of Remote Telescopes for Education and Research

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Session 69 -- Remote Observing
Oral presentation, Tuesday, 10, 1995, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

[69.05] Successful Operation of Remote Telescopes for Education and Research

C. Pennypacker, S. Deustua,S.Perlmutter,G.Goldhaber, E. Arsem (Lawrence Berkeley Lab)

Since 1986, we have found over 20 nearby supernovae with the U.C. Leuschner Observatory's 30" automated telescope. This pilot search demonstrated that supernovae can be found reliably using automated search techniques, and we discovered a high rate of Type Ibc supernovae. In addition, we have successfully piloted a high school education project - "The Hands-On Universe Project." In this program high school students become proficient with modern CCD-based astronomical imaging, even undertaking real research. An example of the latter was the acquisition of the earliest images of SN1994I by two students from Oil City Pennsylvania. We have had remarkable success in changing students' attitudes about science, scientists, and education. We are in the final stages of completing the automation of a new 30" telescope to be operated robotically in a good, remote site. This telescope will be functioning by spring of 1995. It will serve the Supernova Search and the Hands-On Universe programs.

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