AAS 195th Meeting, January 2000
Session 92. Missions: From Stonehenge to HST
Oral, Friday, January 14, 2000, 10:00-11:30am, Centennial IV

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[92.03] The NCU Lu-Lin Observatory Survived the Taiwan 921 Earthquake

W.S. Tsay, K.H. Chang, H.H. Li (Institute of Astronomy, National Central University, Taiwan)

The NCU (National Central University) Lu-Lin Observatory is located at Mt. Front Lu-Lin, 120o 52' 25" E and 23o 28' 07" N, a 2862-m peak in the Yu-Shan National Park. The construction of Lu-Lin Observatory was finished in January 1999. Fortunately the Lu-Lin Observatory survived the Taiwan 921 Earthquake that was 7.3 on the Ritcher scale. We are proud of the design of Lu-Lin Observatory adopted H-beam and steel wall even the center of earthquake was only 40 km away.

The initial study of Lu-Lin site was started since late 1989. Later on, a three-year project was founded by the National Science Council , which supported the development of a modern seeing monitor for this site survey study from 1990 through 1993. The average seeing of Lu-Lin site is about 1.39 arc-second with average 200 clear nights annually. The sky background of this site is 20.72 mag/arcsec2 in V band and 21.22 mag/arcsec2 in B band. The Lu-Lin observatory is developed for both research and education activity. A homemade 76-cm Super Light Telescope (SLT) and three TAOS's 50-cm robotic telescopes will be the two major research facilities.

This work is supported by the National Science Council of Taiwan.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: tsay@virgo.phy.ncu.edu.tw

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