AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 38 Robotic Astronomical Observatories
Topical Oral, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 8:30-10:00am and 10:45am-12:30pm, 209/210

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[38.03] The MAGNUM (Multicolor Active Galactic NUclei Monitoring) Project

Y. Yoshii (Institute of Astronomy, University of Tokyo), Y. Kobayashi (National Astronomical Observatory, Japan), T. Minezaki (Institute of Astronomy, University of Tokyo)

The MAGNUM Project is designed to carry out long-term monitoring observations of hundreds of active galactic nuclei in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regions. In order to obtain these observations, we built a new 2m optical-infrared telescope, and located it near the Haleakala summit at a height of 3050m within the area of the University of Hawaii's Haleakala Observatory on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The Project was funded in 1995 and preliminary observations were started early in 2001. We are working toward the realization of an unmanned, automated observatory which is suitable to relatively simple and stable observations over many years. We present an overview of the Project and its current status.

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