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9 July 2008 Tonantzintla's Observatory Astronomy Teaching Laboratory project
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In the last two years the National Observatory at Tonantzintla Puebla, México (OAN Tonantzintla), has been undergoing several facilities upgrades in order to bring to the observatory suitable conditions to operate as a modern Observational Astronomy Teaching Laboratory. In this paper, we present the management, requirement definition and project advances. We made a quantitative diagnosis about of the functionality of the Tonantzintla Observatory (mainly based in the 1m f/15 telescope) to take aim to educational objectives. Through this project we are taking the steps to correct, to actualize and to optimize the observatory astronomical instrumentation according to modern techniques of observation. We present the design and the first actions in order to get a better and efficient use of the main astronomical instrumentation, as well as, the telescope itself, for the undergraduate, postgraduate levels Observacional Astronomy students and outreach publics programs for elementary school. The project includes the development of software and hardware components based in as a common framework for the project management. The Observatory is located at 150 km away from the headquarters at the Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IAUNAM), and one of the goals is use this infrastructure for a Remote Observatory System.
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F. Garfias, A. Bernal, L. A. Martínez, L. Sánchez, H. Hernández, R. Langarica, A. Iriarte, J. H. Peña, S. Tinoco, and F. Ángeles "Tonantzintla's Observatory Astronomy Teaching Laboratory project", Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 70171F (9 July 2008);

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