Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

Magdalena Ridge Observatory: the start-up of a new observatory
Author(s): Eric J. Bakker; David Westpfahl; Gary Loos
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00

Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the challenges faced in designing and building a new astronomical observatory. Which factors drive an organization (e.g. university) to invest considerable funding and human resources, and experience considerable risk to establish a new research facility? We identify four main drivers for establishing a new observatory: support for education, research, economic development, and technology development. For public observatories, research is generally the main driver. For nonpublic observatories, the situation is more complex and is for each situation different. A detailed description is presented on the drivers and opportunities that resulted in establishing the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. Three main opportunities are identified: a developed site, surplus equipment, and economic development of the Socorro area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 701615 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788564
Show Author Affiliations
Eric J. Bakker, New Mexico Tech, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
David Westpfahl, New Mexico Tech, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
Gary Loos, New Mexico Tech, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top