Morgan–Monroe Observatory

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Morgan–Monroe Observatory
Organization Indiana University
Location Morgan–Monroe State Forest, Indiana
Coordinates
Altitude 245 meters (804 ft)
Established 1966 (1966)
Website
Morgan–Monroe Observatory
Telescopes
Roboscope 0.41 m Cassegrain
Spectrabot 1.25 m Ritchey–Chrétien
External images
http://www.astro.indiana.edu/images/mms.jpg Morgan–Monroe Observatory Source: Indiana University Department of Astronomy.
http://www.polyweb.com/danno/roboscope/RoboScope_files/roboscope.jpg Roboscope. Source: PolyWeb Services.
http://www.indiana.edu/~rcapub/v21n2/honey.gif Indiana University astronomy professor R. Kent Honeycutt and Spectrabot. Source: Indiana University, Research & Creative Activity, April 1998, Volume XXI, Number 2.

The Morgan–Monroe Observatory, also known as the Morgan–Monroe Station of Goethe Link Observatory, is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Indiana University. It is located in Indiana's Morgan–Monroe State Forest approximately 20 kilometers (12 mi) northeast of Bloomington, Indiana (USA). It was developed in the 1960s when light pollution began to degrade the capabilities of the original Goethe Link Observatory, which Indiana University had used for astronomical research since 1948.[1] The original Boller and Chivens 41 cm (16 in) Cassegrain reflector, installed in 1966, was converted in 1989 to an automated system for monitoring cataclysmic variable stars called "Roboscope."[2][3] It is capable of making one or two 4-minute exposures of about 100 objects per clear night.[4] In 1997, an automated 1.25 m f/8 Ritchey–Chrétien reflector called "Spectrabot" was added.[5]

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  1. ^ "Morgan–Monroe Observatory". Indiana University Department of Astronomy. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Further Reports of Observatories: Goethe Link". Astronomical Journal 73: 48. 1968. Bibcode:1968AJS....73...48. 
  3. ^ Durison, R. H. (1990). "Indiana University, Astronomy Department and Goethe Link Observatory, Bloomington, Indiana 47405. Report for the period Sep 1988 – Aug 1989". Bulletin of the Astronomical Society 22: 279. Bibcode:1990BAAS...22..279D. 
  4. ^ "Roboscope". Polyweb Services. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  5. ^ Durisen, R. H.; Chamberlin, C. N. (1999). "Indiana University, Department of Astronomy, Bloomington, Indiana 47405. Report for the period Sep 1997 – Aug 1998". Bulletin of the Astronomical Society 31: 124. Bibcode:1999BAAS...31..124D. 

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