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RAPTOR Observatories

The three RAPTOR observatories in the mountains just west of Los Alamos (left to right, RAPTOR-P, -A, and -S). The fourth observatory, RAPTOR-B, is at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 38 miles away. RAPTOR-A and -B are identical; together they provide RAPTOR’s stereovision. RAPTOR-S measures the color of a transient optical event. RAPTOR-P searches for planets orbiting other stars and catalogs known celestial objects to help identify transient optical events. The observatories’ clamshell lids protect the telescope lenses and other hardware from the elements. The lid for RAPTOR-A is shown open. Weather stations on the observatories provide weather data to the control computers.

The three RAPTOR observatories in the mountains just west of Los Alamos (left to right, RAPTOR-P, -A, and -S). The fourth observatory, RAPTOR-B, is at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 38 miles away. RAPTOR-A and -B are identical; together they provide RAPTOR's stereovision. RAPTOR-S measures the color of a transient optical event. RAPTOR-P searches for planets orbiting other stars and catalogs known celestial objects to help identify transient optical events. The observatories' clamshell lids protect the telescope lenses and other hardware from the elements. The lid for RAPTOR-A is shown open. Weather stations on the observatories provide weather data to the control computers.

 

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