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The Magdalena Ridge Observatory 2.4 m Telescope
Author(s): Gordon J. Pentland; Kerry Gonzales; Kevin Harris; Eileen V. Ryan; Elwood C. Downey
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Paper Abstract

EOS Technologies has been commissioned to design and build a unique 2.4m astronomical telescope for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. This telescope utilizes a high quality primary mirror and cell from a now decommissioned military application. This paper describes the project and gives an overview of the telescope design. The Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) 2.4 meter telescope will be primarily utilized to observe, track, and characterize solar system astronomical targets, Earth satellites, space vehicles, and terrestrial military targets. The telescope's rapid tracking (slew rates are 10o/sec) will allow it to move to any target and acquire data within one minute of receipt of notice. In this way, the telescope will be used to capitalize on targets of opportunity that occur in asteroid studies (e.g., Near Earth Objects) and in astrophysics, such as gamma ray bursts and other transient phenomena. Planned instrumentation includes a CCD imager, and a low-resolution, wide-band Visible/IR spectrograph (Ryan et al. 2002). Both of these instruments will facilitate characterization studies of asteroids and space objects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62670C (21 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669795
Show Author Affiliations
Gordon J. Pentland, EOS Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Kerry Gonzales, EOS Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Kevin Harris, EOS Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Eileen V. Ryan, Magdalena Ridge Observatory, New Mexico Tech (United States)
Elwood C. Downey, Magdalena Ridge Observatory, New Mexico Tech (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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