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An Automated Astrophysical Observatory for Antarctica

Summary: An Automated Astrophysical
Observatory for Antarctica
Storey, J.W.V., Ashley, M.C.B. and Burton, M.G.
School of Physics,
University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia
email jwvs@newt.phys.unsw.edu.au
Published in the
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Volume 13, Number 1, January 1996, pp35{38
Conditions on the high antarctic plateau would appear to be ex-
tremely favourable for a wide range of astronomical research. Before
a decision can be made on constructing an observatory, data are re-
quired on site conditions at the most promising locations. To enable
these data to be collected, a Lockheed Automated Geophysical Obser-
vatory is being purchased. This facility will be tted with a suite of
astronomical site-testing instruments, and deployed to several sites on
the antarctic plateau. This program will allow a de nitive assessment
of the site conditions to be made by the end of this century.
Keywords:Instrumentation: Miscellaneous, Telescopes


Source: Ashley, Michael C. B. - School of Physics, University of New South Wales


Collections: Physics