EOS Technologies has been commissioned to design and build a unique 2.4m astronomical telescope for the Magdalena
Ridge Observatory. This telescope utilizes a high quality primary mirror and cell from a now decommissioned military
application. This paper describes the project and gives an overview of the telescope design.
The Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) 2.4 meter telescope will be primarily utilized to observe, track, and
characterize solar system astronomical targets, Earth satellites, space vehicles, and terrestrial military targets. The
telescope's rapid tracking (slew rates are 10o/sec) will allow it to move to any target and acquire data within one minute
of receipt of notice. In this way, the telescope will be used to capitalize on targets of opportunity that occur in asteroid
studies (e.g., Near Earth Objects) and in astrophysics, such as gamma ray bursts and other transient phenomena. Planned
instrumentation includes a CCD imager, and a low-resolution, wide-band Visible/IR spectrograph (Ryan et al. 2002).
Both of these instruments will facilitate characterization studies of asteroids and space objects.