AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 43 Blazar Continuum Variability Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Topical Associated Poster, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 10:00am-6:45pm, West Exhibit Hall

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[43.05] The Utilization of the RCT Telescope for Studies of Blazar Continuum Emission during the GLAST Gamma-Ray Mission

J.R. Mattox (FMU), L. Cominsky, G. Spear (SSU), M. Carinni, R. Gelderman, C.H. McGruder (WKU), E. Guinan (Villanova), S. Howell, D.R. Davis, M. Everett (PSI), D.K. Walter (SCSU)

The RCT Consortium successfully proposed to refurbish and automate the Kitt Peak 1.3-m telescope, and to operate it as the Robotically Controlled Telescope (RCT). Refurbishment is nearing completion, and observations have begun. The capabilities of the RCT for broad-band optical photometry will be described. A program for systematic optical monitoring of blazars with the RCT is planned. We anticipate that an important utilization of the RCT will be in conjunction with multi-wavelength studies of blazar continuum emission during the operation of NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) satellite, now scheduled for launch in 2006.

Refurbishment of the RCT has been made possible by NASA grant NAG58762.

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