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25 August 1998 MAGNUM (multicolor active galactic nuclei monitoring) Project
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The MAGNUM Project is designed to carry out multi color monitoring observations of hundreds of AGNs over several years in order to measure the distance of these far away objects using simple physical principles and thereby determine cosmic parameters. The project has been funded by the Research Center of Early Universe. This project started in 1995 and observations are planned to begin in 1998. For the project, we are building a new remote controlled observatory with a 2 m automated telescope as well as new infrared and optical instruments. The telescope is optimized for infrared observations and for obtaining monitoring observations over many years. Our plane is to operate the observatory at the Haleakala summit on the Island of Maui, a suitable place for long time monitoring observations. The telescope is 2 m in diameter and has an alt-azimuth mount. The observatory will be equipped with such facilities as an automated instrument changer, weather monitor, environmental monitor and cloud cover monitor, making it easier to operate the telescope automatically and remotely. Observations will be carried out using an on-site scheduler, which will be commanded through a networked remote computer. Two observatory instruments are being built for the MAGNUM Project. The first is an infrared and optical imaging photometer which incorporates a dichroic beam-splitter and has an imaging capability over a wide wavelength range from 0.3 micrometers to 4 micrometers . It will be primarily used for AGN monitoring. The other is a wide field (33' field of view) 8K X 8K mosaic CCD camera.
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Yukiyasu Kobayashi, Yuzuru Yoshii, Bruce A. Peterson, Satoshi Miyazaki, Tsutomu Aoki, Takeo Minezaki, Kimiaki Kawara, Keigo Enya, Norio Okada, Masahiro Suganuma, Ben Greene, M. O'Brien, and Lawrence K. Randall "MAGNUM (multicolor active galactic nuclei monitoring) Project", Proc. SPIE 3352, Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI, (25 August 1998);


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