Appalachian State University maintains a research and teaching observatory in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The Dark Sky Observatory (DSO) facility includes 16-inch and 18-inch telescopes that have been used for 15 years to acquire photometric data on eclipsing binaries, and for spectroscopy. Another 16-inch telescope is under development for automated photometry--it has seen first light and is being debugged. The main telescope is a DFM Engineering 32-inch which has been in operation for a year and a half. Research programs include CCD/pmt photometry of eclipsing binaries, spectroscopy of Lambda Boo stars, and CCD photometric monitoring of high-z QSO's. Research and education programs at DSO have been supported with grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Astronomical Society, the Fund for Astronophysical Research, and the Cottrell Research Corporation.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- December 1996