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Session 15 - Teaching of Astronomy.
Display session, Monday, June 10
Great Hall,

[15.02] A Spectrograph and CCD Camera For an Undergraduate Observatory

C. Pryor, T. B. Williams, D. R. Merritt, M. R. Molnar (Rutgers)

We have built a combined spectrograph and CCD camera for a 0.5 m student laboratory telescope on the roof of the Physics and Astronomy building at Rutgers University. The instrument is designed to be permanently mounted on the telescope, thus minimizing instrument changes and maintenance. Moving one of the fold mirrors out of the light-path also permits visual observing. The CCD camera and the spectrograph share a common focal plane so that the camera can be used for guiding while taking spectra. Light reaches the spectrograph through four optical fibers and 66 nm of spectrum is recorded on a second CCD, with a resolution of 0.2 nm. This instrument was developed with support from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the National Science Foundation through grant DUE 93-51745.

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