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Paper: The Anton Pannekoek Observatory in Amsterdam: an observatory for students
Volume: 470, 370 Years of Astronomy in Utrecht
Page: 425
Authors: Henrichs, H. F.
Abstract: The Anton Pannekoek Observatory (APO) in Amsterdam, in operation since 2010, is with its 50 cm Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, imager and spectrographs the most advanced optical observatory in the Netherlands. In spite of the high sky-background level, UBVRI photometry, deep-sky imaging and spectroscopy are well feasible. The average seeing is 2.4″, but has been down to 1.1″. Photometry reaches V = 17.5 in one minute exposure with astrometric accuracy of 0.2 arcsec. Several spectrographic modes are available. The full wavelength range can be covered by a low-resolution spectrograph and by a fiber-fed echelle spectrograph with R = 10000. High-resolution spectra up to R = 17000 have limited coverage. The observatory can be operated remotely. A robotic mode, monitored by a weather station, has been also designed, but is still under construction. The observatory is primarily meant for students who can work under professional-like and convenient circumstances. APO has also participated in international projects. Highlights are presented from student projects, which include exoplanet transit and orbital observations, spectra of planets, comets, stars, planetary nebulae, supernovae and galaxies, solar system and deepsky broad- and narrow-band filter imaging. The full poster can be downloaded from
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