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A Tour of MDM Observatory

Jules Halpern - December 14, 2015




Portage Lake Observatory
Stinchfield Woods, Michigan - 1969
Portage Lake






Kitt Peak, AZ - McGraw-Hill Observatory - Est. 1974
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1.3m McGraw-Hill Telescope
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2.4m Hiltner Telescope - Est. 1984
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2.4m Hiltner Telescope
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Current Membership

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Turn Left After the 10 Mile Marker
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"When you Come to a Fork in the Road, Take it."






View of MDM Observatory Looking Southwest
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Looking Northeast with KPNO in Background
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On-Site Technical Staff - But Only During the Day
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Eric Galayda (Site Manager) ------- Paul Hartmann (Tech)
Tony Negrete (Tech)






2.4m Telescope Control Room
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Undergraduate Observing Class






One Observer with Large Coffee
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Instrumentation

Modspec on the 2.4m
Modspec
All Settings are Manual
Modspec






2.4m OSMOS (Ohio State Multi-Object Spectrograph)
OSMOS
All Settings are Computer Controlled
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OSMOS Image of Something Big
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OSMOS Spectrum of Something Far
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Is MDM Time Oversubscribed?

2.4m 1.3m
Dark Time Yes No
Bright Time No No





My Research - Transient and Variable

Gamma-ray Burst Afterglows
Identification of X-ray/Gamma-ray Sources
Transitional Millisecond Pulsars






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Last Modified: December 14, 2015 jules@astro.columbia.edu