Dark Sky Observatory installs new telescope

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:00am

A new telescope has been assembled at Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory with the donation of the instrument by amateur astronomer Dean Glace. The instrument is a PlaneWave 17-inch optical tube assembly on a Mathis fork mount. It replaced an older telescope in a 2.5-meter diameter Observa-Dome at DSO. The installation was done in late 2009 and has been used routinely since.

Dean regularly uses the telescope either during visits to DSO or remotely, over the Internet. It will eventually run under the Skynet queue-scheduled system, with automatic response to observe Gamma Ray Burst afterglow, when Dean is not using it for his work.

The new Dean Glace 17-inch telescope