OSC Alumnus' Optics Help Spot Asteroid

    Date Posted: 
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Asteroid hunters with the Catalina Sky Survey discovered a "surprise" asteroid using a new camera system. The camera's optics were designed by OSC Alumnus Richard Buchroeder, Ph.D., 1976, and it was the first asteroid discovered by a custom-made camera on the survey's 0.9-meter Schmidt telescope near Mount Bigelow. 

    The optics were designed by Buchroeder and fabricated at the Tucson Optical Research Group. The cameras themselves were made by Spectral Instruments of Tucson, and other parts were fabricated by the UA Steward Observatory and Department of Physics.

    For complete details, see the article published on Tucson.com.