The images of M31 used for our research are taken with the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), located about 40 miles west of Tucson, Arizona. The 0.9-m telescope is part of the largest collection of research telescopes in the world. Also located on Kitt Peak are the Mayall 4-m telescope, the WIYN 3.5-m telescope, a large solar telescope, and many smaller telescopes.
The telescope is equipped with a CCD camera, which records images the same way that a digital camera does. The images are stored on a computer and uploaded to our website for you to examine.
Observers are usually scheduled for about a week of time on the telescope. They travel to Kitt Peak to observe, using the telescope at night and sleeping in a dormitory during the day.
Indiana University is a partner in the telescope, and we share in the observing time. During the fall semester, nights are scheduled for us to observe the Andromeda Galaxy with the 0.9-m telescope.
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