AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 151 Instruments for Small College Observatories
Poster, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 9:20am-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[151.05] Sixteen Years of Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research at Colgate University’s Foggy Bottom Observatory

T.J. Balonek (Colgate Univ)

Colgate University's Foggy Bottom Observatory on-campus 16-inch telescope (equipped with a CCD) has been utilized for sixteen years to conduct several faculty and undergraduate student research projects. Although the observatory is located in a region (central New York) with poor climatic conditions, the observatory is used on 120 nights per year for research and teaching. The primary research program being conducted at FBO is the optical monitoring of a sample of a dozen blazars with both good time resolution and long term coverage. Other optical photometry projects have included studies of the eclipsing binary star RZ Cas, detection and monitoring of variable stars in the fields of blazars, transits of the extrasolar planet TrES-1, rotation curves and astrometry of asteroids, and light curves of extragalactic supernovae. Representative results of these studies will be presented and the role of undergraduate student involvement in these projects will be discussed.

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