February 6, 2013 Meeting at McCormick Observatory

“Observing at Steward Observatory’s 90″ Bok Telescope on Kitt Peak”

David Whelan, Doctoral Candidate, UVA Astronomy Department

I’ll give you the low down on what it’s like to observe for six nights running in the “bleak midwinter” (a.k.a. the longest nights of the year). The Bok telescope is a world-class, 2.3-meter reflecting telescope on the top of Kitt Peak. Situated in the saddle between two rises, it experiences straight winds across the desert in laminar flow and, therefore, excellent seeing. I’ll show some pictures of the telescope, the instrument I’m using, and then show off some cool science pictures, along with a brief description of what we are investigating.

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