The Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System)
discovery telescope, run by the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy,
is a 1.8-meter telescope on Haleakala in Maui Hawaii. It has a very large
camera with a 7 square degree field of view. Beginning in November 2012,
the time dedicated to NEO discovery was increased to 11%. In addition,
56% of the observing time is used for a 3-pi survey using three color
filters that is also executed in a manner that leads to the discovery
In 2014, the NEO search efforts will reach 100% of the telescope time.
When built, the CCD camera was the largest in the world. The focal plane
contains an almost complete 64 x 64 array of CCD devices, each containing
approximately 600 x 600 pixels, for a total of about 1.4 gigapixels.
Much of the critical follow observations are carried out by the University
of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope (Dave Tholen), Las Cumbres Observatory,
Faulkes Telescope North (T. Lister, J.D. Armstrong), Cerro Tololo (R.
Holmes), Spacewatch (R. McMillan), Magdalena Ridge (E. Ryan) and Tenagra
II (S. Abe).
Pan-STARRS discovery Telescope
1.8-m, f/4, Obs. code = F51, 7 sq. deg., 0.26 arcsec/px
There are plans to bring into operation a second co-located 1.8 m Pan-STARRS
telescope and to increase the time devoted to NEO searches.
Richard Wainscoat is the Pan-STARRS Principle Investigator.
For more information, see: http://pan-starrs.ifa.hawaii.edu/public/