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Demonstration of Wallace Astrophysical Observatory's 24-inch telescope upgrade

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dc.contributor.advisor James P. Elliot and David J. Osip. en_US
dc.contributor.author Wu, Janet P., 1978- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-31T14:28:54Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-31T14:28:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/57765
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2002. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 128-130). en_US
dc.description.abstract As part of an ongoing effort to renovate the George R. Wallace Astrophysical Observatory, a new control system and imaging instrument were implemented for the 24-inch telescope. A redesigned telescope drive mechanism and an adaptation of the Lowell Observatory MOVE control system were installed to automate telescope operations. The telescope optics were configured to an f/15 Cassegrain with a resolution of 1 arcsecond, and a large-format commercial CCD detector was installed. The optical configuration gave a pixel scale of 0.55 arcseconds/pixel, covering a field of 0.220 across the diagonal of the detector. As a demonstration of the upgraded system, photometric and astrometric measurements were made to an accuracy of 0.1 magnitudes and better than 1 arcsecond, respectively, under poor atmospheric conditions. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Janet P. Wu. en_US
dc.format.extent 130 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. en_US
dc.title Demonstration of Wallace Astrophysical Observatory's 24-inch telescope upgrade en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 51032751 en_US


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