PSJC #8 Feb 27 2008

Old Observatory; New Technologies.

Nate Lust

The possibilities of updating an old observatory with modern technologies to do worthwhile research will be discussed. With CCDs becoming smaller and cheeper, it is becoming ever easier to do relevant science with older telescopes. With minimal changes to mounts, it is possible to get accurate pointing, and in some cases full automation. Also, with the reduction techniques that CCD technology offers, it is becoming easier to do science in locations with significant light pollution that would have hampered photographic imaging.