AAS 197, January 2001
Session 87. Innovations in Teaching Astronomy II
Joint Display, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[87.12] An Urban Remote-Control Observatory

H.O. Thurman III, G. E. Copeland, D. B. Hanna (Old Dominion University)

Observatories evoke an image of buildings in remote areas inhabited only by astronomers who are seeking to view distant objects. Observational astronomy in an urban area has long been a goal of researchers and educators. With the advent of computers, the Internet and CCD cameras, serious observational astronomy has become a possibility in areas with moderate light pollution. Computers have given many researchers the ability to convert their observatories to remote-control instruments. We will describe the implementation of such a remote-control observatory as a solution for a low cost educational and research facility at a smaller institution in an urban area.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: bonscott@physics.odu.edu

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