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  Session: Astronomy Poster
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory Visual Back and Camera Upgrade
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:15PM
  Author: Mariah N. Birchard, Appalachian State University
828-262-2463, sitardj@appstate.edu
  Co-Author(s): Faith K. Montgomery, Zachary R. Pruett, Kaitlyn L. Smith, David J. Sitar
  Abstract: A positive introductory astronomy lab experience is essential for drawing in new prospective majors and promoting an open attitude towards science for general education students. In order to provide students with a more engaging learning experience, we are in the process of upgrading the Rankin GoTo Laboratory. Two “piggybacked” refracting telescopes; an 80mm Explore Scientific apochromatic refractor with a 480mm focal length, and an 80mm Lunt achromatic refractor with a 560mm focal length, were tested on top of an 11-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT). An SBIG STF-8300C CCD camera was included in the imaging experiment. The CCD has built-in color capabilities and is 17.96x13.52mm, a significant upgrade from our current black and white cameras with a 4x5mm CCD size. The SCT was also tested with the SBIG camera. All telescopes were tested to find the most effective and user-friendly imaging setup. The SCT demonstrated best results.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: For Meeting_1-11.pptx

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