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People, Telescopes, & Equipment

MicroFUN would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of astronomers on 5 continents who contribute observations and data reduction expertise, and who are willing to share their data with the community as soon as we receive it.

Below is a listing of the current MicroFUN Team Members and the Telescopes and Equipment we are using.

Team MicroFUN

MicroFUN HomeBase at The Ohio State University:
Andy Gould
Jennifer Yee
B. Scott Gaudi
Virginie Batista
Rick Pogge

South Korea:
Chung-Uk Lee, KASI
Byeong-Gon Park, KASI
Cheongho Han, Chungbuk National University, Korea
Sun-Ju Chung, KASI
Yoon-Hyun Ryu, KASI

New Zealand:
Jennie McCormick, Farm Cove Observatory, Pakuranga, Auckland
Grant Christie, Auckland Observatory, Auckland
Tim Natusch, Auckland Observatory, Auckland
Bill Allen, Vintage Lane Observatory, Blenheim
John Drummond, Possum Observatory, Patutahi
Jonathan Green, Kumeu Observatory, Kumeu
Steve Hennerley, Kumeu Observatory, Kumeu
Marc Bos, Molehill Astronomical Observatory, North Shore
Ian Porritt, Turitea Observatory, Palmerston North
Peter Jaquiery, Beverly-Begg Observatory, Duneden

Thiam-Guan "TG" Tan, Perth Exoplanet Survey Telescope (PEST), Perth
Alberto Silva Betzler, Siding Spring ( T9)
Peter Nelson, Ellinbank Observatory, Victoria
Greg Bolt, Perth

South Africa:
Berto Monard, Klein Karoo Observatory, Calitzdorp, and Bronberg Observatory, Pretoria before 2011.

South Pacific:
Roland Santallo, Southern Stars Observatory, Faaa, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Jose Munoz, Universidad de Valencia, Spain
Iossif Papadakis, Skinakas Observatory, Crete
Valerio Bozza, University of Salerno, Italy
Sebatiano Calchi Novati, University of Salerno, Italy
Giuseppe D'Ago, University of Salerno, Italy
Gaetano Labiase, University of Salerno, Italy
Luigi Mancini, University of Salerno, Italy
Gaetano Scarpetta, University of Salerno, Italy
Antonio Stabile, University of Salerno, Italy

Dani Maoz, Tel-Aviv University
Shai Kaspi, Tel-Aviv University
Yossi Shvartzvald, Tel-Aviv University
Evgeny Gorbikov, Tel-Aviv University
David Polishook, Tel-Aviv University
Avishay Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Ilan Manulis, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
Lev Tal-Or, Maale-Adummim

South America:
Francisco Jablonski, Observatorio do Pico dos Dias, Brasil
Leonardo Almeida, Instituto de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas - IAG/USP, Sao Paulo, Brasil, and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brasil.

North America:
Subo Dong, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
Eran Ofek, Palomar Observatory, California, USA

Telescopes & Equipment

Auckland Observatory
Site: Auckland, New Zealand
Observer: Grant Christie & Tim Natusch
Telescope: 0.40-meter f/10 Meade LX200R + Paramount GT1100s
Instrument: SBIG STL-6303E Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF-6303E 3Kx2K CCD
Location: 174:46:37E 36:54:22S

Beverly-Begg Observatory (Dunedin Astronomical Society)
Site: Dunedin, New Zealand
Observers: Peter Jaquiery
Telescope: Celestron C14 0.40-meter f/11
Instruments: SBIG ST-7XME Camera
Detectors: Kodak KAF-0402E CCD
Location: 170:29:29E 45:52:21S

Craigie 0.25-meter f/6.3 Telescope
Site: Craigie, Western Australia (aka CBA Perth)
Observer: Greg Bolt
Telescope: 0.25-meter (10-inch) Meade LX200 f/6.3 SCT
Instrument: SBIG ST-7NABG Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF0400 CCD
Location: 115:45:25.6E 31:47:26.1S

CTIO/SMARTS2 1.3meter Telescope
Site: Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory, Chile
Observers: Juan Espinoza and Alberto Miranda (SMARTS2)
Telescope: 1.3-meter f/13 Reflector (ex 2MASS Southern telescope)
Instrument: ANDICAM
Detector: Fairchild 477 CCD binned 2x2
Location: 70:48:17W 30:10:06S

Ellinbank Observatory
Site: Ellinbank, Victoria, Australia
Observer: Peter Nelson
Telescope: Planewave 0.32m f/8
Instrument: SBIG ST8XME Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF1602E CCD
Location: 145:57:36E 38:14:40S

Farm Cove Observatory (CBA-Pakuranga)
Site: Pakuranga, Auckland New Zealand
Observer: Jennie McCormick
Telescope: 0.36-meter f/10 Meade LX200R
Instrument: SBIG ST-8XME Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF-1603ME CCD
Location: 174:53:37E 36:53:37S T9
Site: Siding Spring, Australia
Observer: Alberto Silva Betzler
Telescope: 0.32-meter f/7.4 RCOS
Instrument: SBIG ST-8XME Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF-1603ME CCD
Location: 149:03:52E 31:16:24S

Klein Karoo Observatory
Site: Calitzdorp, Klein Karoo, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Observer: Berto Monard
Telescope: 0.36-meter f/8 Meade RCX 400
Instrument: SBIG ST-8XME Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF-1603ME CCD
Location: 21:40E 33:32S
Note: Prior to 2011 Berto operated the Bronberg Observatory in Pretora, SA (28:26:18E 25:54:32S)

Kumeu Observatory
Site: Kumeu, Auckland, NZ
Observer: Jonathan Green & Steve Hennerley
Telescope: GSO 0.41m (16-inch) Ritchey-Chretien Truss Astrograph Telescope f/8
Instrument: SBIG ST-10XME
Detector: Kodak KAF-3200ME
Location: 174:31:29E 36:48:23S

LOAO Telescope
Site: Mt Lemmon Observatory, Arizona, USA
Observer: various (Korean team)
Telescope: 1.0-meter Cassegrain f/16 or f/45
Instrument: FLI IMG4301E
Detector: Kodak KAF-4301E CCD
Location: 110:47:20W 32:26:35N

Molehill Astronomical Observatory
Site: North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand
Observer: Marc Bos
Telescope: 0.30-meter f/10 Meade SCT + German Mount
Instrument: SBIG ST-8XME Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF-1603ME CCD
Location: 174:43:43E 36:47:55S

MDM Observatory
Site: Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA
Observers: various (OSU team)
Telescopes: 2.4-meter f/7.4 Ritchey-Chretien & 1.3-meter f/7.6 Cassegrain
Instrument: Direct Imaging Cameras
Detectors: Various SITe and other CCDs
Location: 111:36:56W 31:57:05N

Ort Maale-Adummim Observatory
Site: Maale-Adummim, Israel
Observers: Various (students) & Lev Tal-Or
Telescope: 0.40-meter f/10 Meade LX200GPS
Instrument: SBIG ST-7XE Camera
Detectors: Kodak KAF-0402E CCD
Location: 35:18:08E 31:45:41N

Observatorio do Pico dos Dias
Site: Pico dos Dias, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Observers: Leonardo Almeida & Francisco Jablonski, LNA
Telescope: 0.6-m Zeiss f/12.6
Instrument: Direct cameras and filter wheels
Detectors: Andor iXon and iKon CCDs
Location: 45:34:57W 22:32:04S

Observatorio Astronomico de la Universidad de Valencia
Site: Muela de Santa Catalina, Aras de los Olmos, Valencia, Spain
Observers: Jose Munoz
Telescope: TROBAR 0.6-m f/8
Instrument: Apogee AP16
Detector: Kodak KAF-16801E
Location: 01:06:5.4W 39:56:42N

Palomar 60-inch Telescope
Site: Palomar Observatory, Mt. Palomar California, USA
Observer: Eran Ofek
Telescope: 60-inch reflector Mt. Palomar, California.
Instrument: P60 Robotic Camera
Detector: SITe 2Kx2K CCD
Location: 116:51:36W 33:21:26N

Perth Exoplanet Survey Telescope (PEST)
Site: Perth, Western Australia
Observers: Thiam-Guan "TG" Tan
Telescope: 0.30-meter (12-inch) f/10 Meade LX200GPS with f/5 focal reducer
Instruments: SBIG ST-8XME Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF-1603ME CCD
Location: 115:47:53E 31:59:34S

Possum Observatory
Site: Patutahi, Gisbourne New Zealand
Observers: John Drummond
Telescope: 0.36-meter (14-inch) f/10 Meade ACF on Paramount ME
Instrument: SBIG STL-11000M CCD
Detector: Kodak KAI-11000M CCD
Location: 177:53:29E 38:37:26S

Skinakas Observatory
Site: Mount Ida, Central Crete
Observer: Iossif Papadakis
Telescope: Carl Zeiss 1.3m f/7.64 RC
Instrument: Andor iKon-L DZ436-BV
Detector: E2V 42-40 2Kx2K
Location: 24:53:57E 35:12:43N

Southern Stars Observatory
Site: Faaa, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Observer: Roland Santallo
Telescope: 11-inch Celestron f/10 (operated at f/5)
Instrument: SBIG ST-7XE
Detector: Kodak KAF-0402E CCD
Location: 149:35:15W 17:33:04S

University of Salerno Observatory
Site: Fisciano, Italy
Observer: Valerio Bozza (lead)
Telescope: 0.35-meter f/8 Celestron C-14 + CI-700
Instrument: SBIG ST-2000XM
Detector: Kodak KAI-202M CCD
Location: 14:47:20E 40:46:30N

Turitea Observatory
Site: Palmerston North, New Zealand
Observer: Ian Porritt
Telescope: 0.36-meter f/10 Meade LX200ACF
Instrument: SBIG ST-8XME Camera
Detector: Kodak KAF-1603ME CCD
Location: 175:39:14E 40:24:43S

Vintage Lane Observatory
Site: Blenheim, New Zealand (Marlborough)
Observer: Bill Allen
Telescope: 0.4-meter f/15 Classical Cassegrain
Instrument: SBIG STL-1001E
Detector: Kodak KAF-1001E
Location: 173:50:21E 41:29:30S

Weizmann Institute of Science, Marty S. Kraar Observatory
Site: Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
Observers: Avishay Gal-Yam & Ilan Manulis
Telescopes: 16-inch Meade LX200-ACF
Instruments: SBIG ST-8XME CCD
Detector: Kodak KAF-1603ME CCD
Location: 34:48:45E 31:54:29N

Wise Observatory
Site: Wise Observatory, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel.
Observers: various (Israeli Team)
Telescopes: 1-meter f/10 & 0.46m Centurion 18.
Instruments: Direct Imagers, SBIG STL-6303E on the C18
Detectors: E2V CCD36-40, Kodak KAF-6303E
Location: 34:45:44E 30:35:50N