Jordan Hall Astronomy
posted by: Aaron McNeely
The Astro group met last night to work on our own asteroid research. We took CCD images of the field containing asteroid 1 Ceres, the first asteroid ever discovered (it is now classified as a dwarf planet).
The above photo shows are asteroid observing setup. We use an 11-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an SBIG ST8 CCD camera. The camera is operated using the laptop computer. The scope is attached to a concrete post set on the rooftop platform at Jordan Hall. Our students, Ben and Chris, are on the left, Shelly Dolan, a Notre Dame graduate student in Astrophysics, is on the right.
Telescope closeup. The CCD camera is attached to the back end of the scope.
The observing facility at Jordan Hall is named the Morrison Observatory after Jim Morrison, the donor of the money I assume (not THE Jim Morrison). I set up a Clear Sky Clock for the Morrison Observatory, it is located at the following address: http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/MrsnObINkey.html?1 (Don’t confuse this with the “Morris” Observatory located near Warsaw, Indiana.