Community Access at Ritter Observatory

Spectroscopic service observing

Student training

Public data archive

With support from the NSF-PREST program,* Ritter is committed to making 25% of its usable observing time available to the astronomical community.

Ritter Observatory performs spectroscopic service observing on behalf of the astronomical research community. Requests for observations in support of student theses, for monitoring series on a particular star or stars, and for observations in support of other observatories, whether ground-based or spaceborne, are especially welcome. Requests are welcome at any time and can usually be accommodated within 24 hours if necessary, weather permitting.

To request spectroscopic service observations, send email to Nancy Morrison or Karen Bjorkman specifying:

For more information about the telescope and instrumentation, click here.
For more information about the reduced data products, click here.
Proprietary data period: one year after the end of data collection, after which the data will be placed in the public archive. Extensions can be negotiated.

Evening visits or field trips by small classes are invited. Please contact Nancy Morrison to make arrangements.

Ritter will train undergraduate and graduate students in telescope operation and in spectroscopic observing techniques and data reduction and analysis. Because our NSF funding has expired, individual training visits will no longer be conducted, unless a prior commitment has been made. Prior commitments will be honored.

For a photo album from recent training sessions, click here.

For a printable flier describing the program, click here.

To apply for training, students are invited to provide by email or post

Address for email applications: Nancy Morrison or Karen Bjorkman

Address for applications by post:

Nancy D. Morrison
Ritter Observatory, Mail Stop 113
NSF-PREST Training Program
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606-3390

On-line public archive of spectroscopic data

An index to all of Ritter's archival data may be found here.

Ultimately, it will contain links to data in the public archive, which contains reduced spectra in FITS format, including spectra of

*This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-0440784. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Document custodian: Nancy Morrison

Page last updated: September 12, 2009