Searching for Near-Earth Objects

The LONEOS telescope operates about 200 nights a year, searching for potentially hazardous asteroids and comets. The telescope, camera and computers used in this effort represent the latest in observing technology.

The LONEOS Telescope: We use a 24-inch (0.6-m)fully-automated Schmidt telescope to conduct our NEO search.

The Camera: LONEOS is built around a CCD camera imaging device. A one-minute exposure with this camera will record asteroids and stars 150,000 times fainter than can be seen with the unaided eye.

Computers & Software: Projects such as LONEOS were not possible a generation ago. Advances in computing and software technology have made them possible.

The LONEOS Observing Site: The LONEOS telescope is located at Lowell Observatory's dark sky site on Anderson Mesa. This is one of the best locations for astronomical telescopes in North America.


Last updated 30 May, 2000

Contact: Bruce Koehn (koehn@lowell.edu)
Web Curators: Ted Bowell and Bruce Koehn

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