MicroObservatory Net: A Network of Automated Remote Telescopes Dedicated to Educational Use

Sadler, Philip M. and Gould, Roy R. and Leiker, P. Steven and Antonucci, Paul R. A. and Kimberk, Robert and Deutsch, Freeman S. and Hoffman, Beth and Dussault, Mary and Contos, Adam and Brecher, Kenneth and French, Linda (2001) MicroObservatory Net: A Network of Automated Remote Telescopes Dedicated to Educational Use. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 10 (1). pp. 39-55. ISSN 1059-0145, 1573-1839

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Abstract

Many students have a deep interest in astronomy, but a limited opportunity to use telescopes to explore the heavens. The MicroObservatory Network of automated telescopes is designed to provide access to classroom teachers who wish their students to conduct projects over the World Wide Web. The intuitive interface makes it easy for even 10-year-olds to take pictures. Telescopes can be remotely pointed and focused: filters, field of view, and exposure times can be changed easily. Images are archived at the website, along with sample challenges and a user bulletin board, all of which encourage collaboration among schools. Wide geographic separation of instruments provides access to distant night skies during local daytime. Since “first light” in 1995, we have learned much about remote troubleshooting, designing for unattended use, and for acquiring the kinds of images that students desire. This network can be scaled up from its present capability of 240,000 images each year to provide telescope access for all US students with an interest in astronomy. Our WWW address is http://mo-www.harvard.edu/MicroObservatory/

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2017 05:11
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 05:40
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/558

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