I've spent quite a bit of time writing software for various purposes, all dealing with optical astronomy.
One of the many, many telescopes at the Kitt Peak National Observatory is the WIYN 0.9-m. RIT is one of the members of a consortium of universities which operates this telescope; we have six nights each year. I travel with students to Kitt Peak to spend a week at the mountain, carrying out projects devised by the students.
In addition, I'm the Telescope Scientist for the WIYN 0.9-m, which means I'll be going there next month to commission a new instrument: the Half-Degree Imager, or HDI for short.
RIT has its own observatory, right here on campus. I'm the director of the observartory, so I spend quite a bit of time working there (I was there last night, for example). The skies in Rochester aren't very dark, and often covered by clouds -- but there are still quite a few objects which one can study with our 12-inch and 14-inch telescopes.
Note that we will have an Open House at the RIT Observatory this Friday, Sep 13. Check the Observatory web site for updates.
I'm an observer, not a theorist, and my favorite variety of data is optical images. I enjoy watching objects that change in some way: either in brightness or position.
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