Jul 16

A visit to Anderson Mesa

Category: Arizona,Lowell

My sister and brother-in-law visited and I wanted to show them some cool science stuff, so we went out to the Anderson mesa where Lowell has its current research telescopes.  This area is not open to the public, so it was a real treat.  Of course, I’ve been there many times, but it always excites me.  These telescopes are a little antiquated and small by modern standards, but still very impressive.  Real science is produced here every year, even every day.  Scientists use these instruments to look for near-earth asteroids, comets, examine the atmospheres of planets, and to look for planets around other stars.

Here’s the LONEOS 25-inch telescope dome.

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The LONEOS telescope.

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My brother-in-law David near the scope.

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The 72-inch Perkins telescope.  The man in the red shirt is Bruce Koehn, Observer and telescope operator extraordinaire.

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