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Scientific Research Programs  
Saturday June 6, 2009 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

9:10 Introduction
Russell Genet
California Polytechnic State University
  The Alt-Az Initiative for Lightweight Research
  Telescopes (30 min) 

9:40 Research Opportunities and Productivity
Arne Henden
American Association of Variable Star Observers
   1.5 Meter Lightbucket Science
Virginia Trimble, University of California, Irvine
   Small is as Small Does (30 min)

11:00 Near Infrared Photometry
Arne Henden,
American Association of Variable Star Observers
   Near IR Advantages and Limitations
Andy Monson, University of Wyoming
   BIRCAM, A Near-Infrared Imager for the U. of
   Wyoming Red Buttes Observatory 

2:00 Interferometry and Exoplanets
Rachel Akeson,
NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Caltech
   Scientific Discoveries Enabled by Optical
   Interferometry
Wesley Traub, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
   The Challenge of Exoplanet Imaging with a
   Small Telescope 

2:40 Observatories: Real-Time and System Considerations
Rob Seaman,
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
   Transient Response Astronomy using VOEvent
Roy Williams, California Institute of Technology
   Skyalert: Real-Time Astronomy for You and
   Your Robots
Joshua Walawender,  University of Hawaii
   Thinking beyond the Telescope: Building an
   Observatory System

4:00 Panel Discussion 
Research programs suited to low cost, dedicated, 1-2 meter telescopes.

 

Engineering Developments  
Sunday, June 7, 2009 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

8:30 Scheduling Observations
Charles Bailyn, Yale University (30 minutes)
   Science and Queue Management at the Small
   and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope
   System (SMARTS) 

9:00 Lightweight Mirrors I
Tony Hull, Tinsley
   Lightweight Mirrors from Tinsley and Brashear
   Optics
Rodolfo Canestrari,
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera
  
Glass Mirror Panels for MAGIC II Cherenkov
   Light Telescope
Michael Itz,
Displays and Optical Technologies Inc. (DOTI)
   Practical Guide for Designing Large Lightweight
   Low Cost Mirrors

10:30 Lightweight Mirrors II
Terry Richardson, College of Charleston
   Engineering Spin-cast Polymer Mirrors
Lisa Brodhacker, Lander University
   Spin-cast Polymer Mirror Chemistry
Rodolfo Canestrari,
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera
   Mirrors for Astronomy Made from Hot Slumped
   Thin Glass Shells 

11:30 Active & Adaptive Optics & Components
Michael Connelley,
NASA Ames Research Center
   Active Optics for Amateur Telescopes
Philip Choi, Pomona College
   Adaptive Optics Camera Project
Luke Schmidt,
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  Aperture Masking—Methods and Component
  Selection 

2:00 Telescopes and Structures I
David Rowe, Sierra Monolithics
   Corrected Dall Kirkham Optical Designs
Rick Hedrick and Joe Haberman,
PlaneWave Instruments
   The PlaneWave Instruments CDK 700 Alt-Az
   Telescope
Andrew Pickles, Las Cumbres Observatory
   Las Cumbres Observatory 1 Meter Telescope:
   Design and Features 

3:30 Telescopes and Structures II
Howard Royster and Merrill Butler,
Orange County Astronomers
  Alt-Alt Telescopes with Video Feedback Control
  Systems
Scott Severson, Sonoma State University
   GWPO: A One Meter Telescope Project at
   Sonoma State
Stephan LeBohec, University of Utah
   Imaging Cherenkov Telescopes and Stellar
   Intensity Interferometer
Glen Reynolds, Gossamer Space Frames
   Next Generation Space Frames Technology 
 

 

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