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Fall 2012 Observing Run at KPNO

October 4-6, 2012

Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ

Welcome to KPNO

First time observers Charles Kurgatt and Joe Bartolini joined Dr. Walter for a three night observing run on the Coude Feed telescope at Kitt Peak . They acquired spectra for the ongoing POCA research program studying RV Tauri and Semiregular variables.

In addition to observing on the Coude Feed, they toured a number of the Kitt Peak facilities. POCA Co-PI, and NASA Scientist Steve Howell was observing on the 4-meter Mayall telescope at the time and gave a tour of the facility, including going inside the spectrograph cage for a close-up look at the instrumentation. NASA Scientist Ron Oliversen gave a behind-the-scenes tour of the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. Walter and Oliversen have previously worked together on NASA projects.

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Charles at the console of the Coude Feed prepares the telescope to move to the next object.

Charles and Steve Howell at the entrance to the spectrograph cage on the 4-meter telescope.

Joe examines the most recent spectrum acquired by the telescope.
4-meter Mayall telescope
McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Rising above the trees is the 1.3-meter telescope.* 
Walkway to the 2.1-meter telescope which houses the Coude Feed
Overview of the 2.1- m telescope

* SC State is a charter member of the RCT Consortium which has taken over management of the 1.3-meter telescope.