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Session 1 - HAD I: North of the Border: The Development of Canadian Astronomy.
Oral session, Sunday, January 12
The Helen Sawyer Hogg Telescope of the University of Toronto Southern Observatory in Chile saw first light in August 1971. It has shown repeatedly that a small, well-equipped telescope at an excellent site can be very productive. While the discovery of the Shelton supernova brought the observatory a wider notice, workers using this telescope have also discovered a pure He star, the brightest CV, double-mode RR Lyr stars. Recently, we were able to show that MACHO objects are disks, not point sources; this was possible due to the quality of the site, the equipment and the observer. Our mode of time assignment, with extensive service observing, is a major factor in recent successes. Small observatories fill an important role in astronomy; while we can't reach 26th magnitude, there are good research projects which need only clear skies, great seeing and modern equipment, all of which we can provide. And the price is right!
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