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12 July 2008 Magdalena Ridge Observatory: the start-up of a new observatory
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This paper discusses the challenges faced in designing and building a new astronomical observatory. Which factors drive an organization (e.g. university) to invest considerable funding and human resources, and experience considerable risk to establish a new research facility? We identify four main drivers for establishing a new observatory: support for education, research, economic development, and technology development. For public observatories, research is generally the main driver. For nonpublic observatories, the situation is more complex and is for each situation different. A detailed description is presented on the drivers and opportunities that resulted in establishing the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. Three main opportunities are identified: a developed site, surplus equipment, and economic development of the Socorro area.
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Eric J. Bakker, David Westpfahl, and Gary Loos "Magdalena Ridge Observatory: the start-up of a new observatory", Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 701615 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788564; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.788564
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