Archive for September 1st, 2010

Our plans for the autumn

Today is the first day of Fall. The influence of the monsoons is lessening, and the nights are getting longer. During this season we plan to increase the productivity of the observatory, improving the automation of routine processes. This full moon we installed a new observatory guiding complex – RTS2. At the moment it is going through checkout, after which we will begin testing under real conditions.

We are changing our strategy on “deep” surveys, with the goal of detecting super-slow and distant objects. This way we can detect objects to mag. 21.5, at a distance of tens of astronomical units. Additionally, the work continues on alert observations of the optical afterglow of gamma ray bursters, and also photometry of near-earth asteroids (NEAs). And when the moon lights up the dark skies above our observatory, we can rest a little and independently occupy ourselves with problems of Potentially Hazardous Objects.

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