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Analysis of Object Observations Using a 1.8- Meter Telescope

Kervin, Paul 1, Sydney, Paul 1, Bolden, Mark 1, Kelecy, Tom1
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Publishing year2009 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference5th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
H. Lacoste


The Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) is a telescope system designed by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. The prototype telescope system is located on Haleakala, on Maui, Hawaii. This prototype has a 1.8 meter aperture with a field of view of more than 7 square degrees. The 1.4 gigapixel camera is a novel design based on Orthogonal Transfer Arrays (OTA). Although designed for an astronomical mission, this telescope can be used to search for faint objects in near-geosynchronous orbit by turning off sidereal track during the exposure. This paper discusses unique aspects of the design of the telescope that make it very powerful for geo search, the search strategy used, and the results of the survey of the geo belt.