AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 3 Instrumentation: Ground-based
Poster, Monday, May 26, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, West Exhibit Hall

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[3.01] Opportunities at the TSU Completely Automatic Observatory

J. A. Eaton (Tennessee State University)

Tennessee State University has almost completed a Completely Automatic Observatory with capabilities in aperture photometry, imaging, and high-dispersion spectroscopy. Our 24-inch Automatic Imaging Telescope will be ready for testing by this summer's shutdown. Our 2-m Automatic Spectroscopic Telescope for high-dispersion spectroscopy has recently begun full operation with the installation of the spectrograph. The dedicated fiber-coupled spectrograph has a basic resolution of roughly 30,000 (echelle mode).

This paper is intended to bring to your attention the existence of the Completely Automatic Observatory and to spark interest in using it for projects TSU could support. The spectroscopic telescope's program is dedicated to understanding the chromospheres and evolution of cool stars, particularly giants and supergiants. The imaging telescope is intended primarily for monitoring fainter stars photometrically and for observing targets of opportunity. Most of the observing time on both telescopes is available for programs in these general areas, either through collaboration or simply as a service. We are also interested in providing ground support for satellite observations, for which we could recoup some of our operating expenses. If you have such programs, please contact the author at 615-963-7023 or eaton@donne.tsuniv.edu.

You may find more information about our spectroscopic telescope at the web site, http://astro.tsuniv.edu, and about the rest of the Completely Automatic Observatory at http://schwab.tsuniv.edu/.

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