AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 10. Telescopes and Observatories for Education and Outreach
Poster, Monday, January 6, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[10.03] Fresno State's New Campus Observatory

F. A. Ringwald, J. W. Prigge, S. J. White, A. I. Cowley (California State University, Fresno), G. E. Morgan (Central Valley Astronomers), B. K. Bellis (Central Valley Astronomers, California State University, Fresno), E. D. Cardoza, S. S. Endler (California State University, Fresno), H. D. Guenther (Biola University), G. Reyna, J. D. Rorabaugh, R. W. Severson, Jr. (California State University, Fresno)

Fresno State's new Campus Observatory, behind the Downing Planetarium, became operational in 2002 May. The 16-inch Meade LX-200 telescope's current instruments are all used at Schmidt-Cassegrain focus at f/10, and include an SBIG ST-8 CCD camera, an AO-7 Adaptive Optics System, and a Self-Guiding Spectrograph. The telescope's image resolution is between 1-2 arcseconds for 80 a facility not on a mountaintop. This is probably because of the observatory's small size, unpainted aluminum skin, and being surrounded by grass, all good for thermal properties. Despite being on campus (and convenient for students to use), it can reach V = 18.5 in 80s at S/N = 3, in a sky with stars visible only to V = 3. On most projects students collaborate with the Cental Valley Astronomers, Fresno's amateur astronomy club, who are a great help.

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