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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 193086, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/193086
Research Article

The NMSU 1 m Telescope at Apache Point Observatory

Department of Astronomy, MSC 4500, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA

Received 15 June 2009; Accepted 12 January 2010

Academic Editor: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Copyright © 2010 Jon A. Holtzman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We describe the New Mexico State University (NMSU) 1 m telescope located at the Apache Point Observatory (APO), and in particular, its robotic mode of operation. Some of the issues we have encountered may be of interest to others developing similar facilities. This telescope provides a good example of the possibilities of locating a moderate-sized university robotic research telescope at a major observatory. We find that this mode of operation provides a significant amount of productive science data on a relatively small budget.