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Las Cumbres Observatory Integrates the Chow Telescope

31 Jul 2013, 18:46 UTC
Las Cumbres Observatory Integrates the Chow Telescope
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FORT DAVIS — McDonald Observatory held their semi-annual University of Texas at Austin Astronomy Program’s Board of Visitors meeting over the weekend with more than 400 participants from the funding, agency and astronomy communities. A significant event among science talks, telescope tours and social mixers and meals at the conference was the dedication of the Alan Y. Chow Telescope at the observatory’s Frank N. Bash Visitors Center. Chow Telescope enclosure at the the Rebecca Gale Telescope Park behind the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center. Dr. Alan Chow donated the 24” inch f/8 Ritchey-Chretien telescope and Las Cumbres Observatory refurbished and integrated the telescope into its global robotic system. The system which consists of remote and robotic control, a modified Ash-Dome enclosure, and a web-enabled network scheduling interface allows the telescope to be used with an eyepiece by Visitors Center Star Party participants, and when not in manual mode, by students and astronomers anywhere in the world. Dr. Chow is a general ophthalmologist and a specialist in eye mis-alignments (strabismus) for both children and adults. Dr. Chow also specializes in the research of treatments for degenerative retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and has spearheaded multi-university research in this area. He ...

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