Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS):
Begun in 1993, the LONEOS system utilizes a 0.6-meter f/1.8 Schmidt telescope
in Flagstaff Arizona to discover near-Earth comets and asteroids. The telescope was acquired
from Ohio Weslayan University in 1990. Using a 4K x 4K CCD detector to cover a field of view
of 2.9 x 2.9 degrees, the telescope is designed to make four scans per region over the
entire visible sky each month down to a limiting magnitude of about 19. In 1999-2000,
the efficiency of the LONEOS program in discovering NEOs increased significantly due to
upgrades to the CCD camera and data reduction software.
The LONEOS program ceased operations in 2008.
Edward Bowell: Principal Investigator
Bruce W. Koehn: Computer Programming
Karri Muinonen: Asteroid detection modeling