The US Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station has recently achieved first light with its newest telescope -- a 1.3--meter, f/4 modified Ritchey-Chretien,located on the grounds of the station. The instrument was designed to produce a well-corrected field 1.7--degrees in diameter, and is expected to provide wide-field imaging with excellent astrometric properties. A number of test images have been obtained, using a temporary CCD camera in both drift and stare mode, and the results have been quite encouraging. Several astrometric projects are planned for this instrument, which will be operated in fully automated fashion. This paper will describe the telescope and its planned large-format mosaic CCD camera, and will preview some of the research for which it will be employed.
AAS/Division of Dynamical Astronomy Meeting #32
- Pub Date:
- November 2001