Red Buttes Observatory

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Red Buttes Observatory
Organization University of Wyoming
Location 9 miles (14 km) from Laramie, Wyoming
Coordinates 41°10′35″N 105°34′26″W / 41.17639°N 105.57389°W / 41.17639; -105.57389
Altitude 2,246 meters (7,369 ft)
Established 1994 (1994)
Website Red Buttes Observatory
unnamed telescope 0.6 m reflector
unnamed telescope 0.2 m reflector

Red Buttes Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by University of Wyoming. It is located 15 kilometers (9 mi) south of Laramie, Wyoming (USA) and was founded in 1994.[1] The observatory houses a 0.6 m (24 in) telescope built by DFM Engineering. There are two instruments available: a 1024x1024 imaging camera, and a near-infrared camera.[2] A second, smaller telescope built by Orion is mounted on the main telescope.[1] Recent research includes monitoring Cepheid variable stars and follow-up observation of gamma-ray bursts.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b "About RBO". Red Buttes Observatory. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ Monson, Andrew J.; Pierce, Michael J. (1 July 2009). "BIRCAM: A Near-Infrared Camera for The University of Wyoming Red Buttes Observatory". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 121 (881): 728–734. Bibcode:2009PASP..121..728M. doi:10.1086/603619. 
  3. ^ Monson, Andy; Pierce, M.; Cheesbrough, V. (May 2009). "A Near-Infrared Survey of Northern Galactic Cepheid Variable Stars". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. 41: 701. Bibcode:2009AAS...21443004M. 
  4. ^ Canterna, Ronald W.; Rivera, L.; Rodgers, C.; Norris, J. P.; Allen, D.; Silvey, J. (January 2009). "Optical Follow-up Observations of GRB 060218/SN2006aj". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. 41: 442. Bibcode:2009AAS...21347607C. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 

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