CACTUS

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This article is about a telescope in California. For the plant, see cactus. For other uses, see Cactus (disambiguation).
CACTUS
Organization University of California, Davis
Location Daggett, California, USA
Coordinates
Altitude 610 metres (2,000 ft)
Established 2001-2004
Closed 2005
Telescopes
Solar 2 ACT Čerenkov air shower

CACTUS (Converted Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescope Using Solar-2) was a ground based Air Cherenkov Telescope (ACT) located outside Daggett, California, near Barstow. It was originally a solar power plant called Solar Two, but was converted to an observatory starting in 2001. The first astronomical observations started in the fall of 2004. However, the facility had its last observing runs in November 2005 as funds for observational operations from the National Science Foundation were no longer available.[1] The facility was operated by the University of California, Davis but owned by Southern California Edison.[2] It was demolished in 2009.[3]

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  1. ^ "History of Solar Two". Retrieved 2009-02-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Solar Two Experimental Solar Facility". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  3. ^ Going out with a bang | bang, daggett, going - Top Story - Desert Dispatch

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