West Mountain Observatory

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West Mountain Observatory
Observatorywmutah.jpg
Organization Brigham Young University
Location West Mountain
Coordinates
Altitude 2,120 meters (6,960 ft)
Established 1981 (1981)
Website
West Mountain Observatory
Telescopes
unnamed telescope 0.9 m reflector
unnamed telescope 0.5 m reflector
unnamed telescope 0.3 m reflector

West Mountain Observatory (WMO) is an astronomical observatory located on West Mountain near the town of West Mountain, Utah (USA), about 22 km (14 mi) southwest of Provo, Utah. The observatory is owned and operated by Brigham Young University (BYU), and opened in 1981 after increasing light pollution reduced the utility of the Orson Pratt Observatory on the BYU campus.[1] The first year of observing with the new 0.9 m telescope included imaging of intrinsic variable stars and high-mass X-ray binaries.[2] Past research topics include light curve analysis of Delta Scuti variable stars and identifying pre-main-sequence stars by searching for H-alpha emitting objects.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "West Mountain Observatory". Brigham Young University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  2. ^ Joner, Michael D.; Hintz, E. G.; Laney, C. D.; Moody, J. W. (2011). "A Summary of the First Year of Observations from the West Mountain Observatory 0.9-meter Telescope". American Astronomical Society 217: 15713. Bibcode:2011AAS...21715713J. 
  3. ^ Joner, Michael D.; Iverson, E. P.; Jolley, J. W.; Joner, L. A.; Swenson, C. A. (2007). "A Light Curve and Period Analysis of AE Ursae Majoris, CY Aquarii, and DY Pegasi". American Astronomical Society 211: 846. Bibcode:2007AAS...211.6017J. 
  4. ^ Evanko, L. R.; Joner, M. D. (2004). "An H Alpha Survey of Young Open Clusters for PMS Objects". American Astronomical Society Meeting 204 204: 775. Bibcode:2004AAS...204.6217E. 
  5. ^ "West Mountain 0.9-m Telescope". Brigham Young University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  6. ^ "West Mountain 0.5-m Telescope". Brigham Young University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  7. ^ "West Mountain 0.3-m Telescope". Brigham Young University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 

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