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LCOGT plays role in Institute for Astronomy Open House on April 14

9 Apr 2013, 19:57 UTC
LCOGT plays role in Institute for Astronomy Open House on April 14
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Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope, with six operational observatory sites and more to come, will open their robotic telescopes to hands-on use during the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy (IfA) open house this coming April 14.The IfA Open House takes place at the UH Institute for Astronomy Manoa Headquarters at 2680 Woodlawn Drive, in Honolulu. Parking and admission are free. Up-to-date information is available at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/open-house/open-house.shtml. LCOGT Faulkes Telescope North on Haleakala The Open House which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. occurs during a time when astronomical observations are not occuring in Hawai'i. To get around this limitation, visitors will be able to log onto one of LCOGT's robotic telescopes in South Africa, weather permitting, and make observations in the southern sky half-way around the world. LCOGT's J. D. Armstrong and former LCOGT intern B. J. Fulton (now with IfA) will preprogram interesting targets on one of LCOGT's 1-meter telescopes located at the South Africa Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). Open House attendees will be able to modify the programs in real time, and go through a quick reduction of the images as they come off the telescopes. Armnstrong will also present a talk on "The Faulkes Telescope and ...

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