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Good Things Come From Small Scopes: Scientific American Podcast October 1, 2012

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro.
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Good Things Come From Small Scopes: Scientific American Podcast.

Good news for small professional telescopes!

Small telescopes are great. They are relatively low cost and in low demand, so you can do more “risky” research. Want to try a new instrument? Been doing the same research for 20 years and you’re ready to try something different?  Grad student looking to solo for the first time? Magellan might not approve any of those, but a 1-m in Arizona might. Trying to observe variables so you need months of data? Small ‘scopes can probably accommodate that more easily than a big one.

Of course, for that edge-of-the-universe view, nothing beats a giant ‘scope in an arid, high elevation location.

And as an employee of Michigan Astronomy, I feel obliged to point out that here at UofM, our students have access to both big and small.

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