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The Robotic Dome

The Robotic domes houses an RC Optical Systems 10” Ritchey-Chrétien telescope with an attached SBIG STL-6303 CCD imager containing UBVRI photometric filters. Both are attached to an Astro-Physics 1200 mount. The telescope has built-in focusing and temperature regulation electronics. The entire assembly is controlled via software and can be operated remotely via the web or programmed ahead of time to collect data while unattended. This allows students the ability to handle long observing runs on any number of faint objects. Such studies include: variable star observing, supernova hunting, asteroid monitoring and deep sky imaging.