Celebrating 75 Years of Discovery

The Palomar Observer


Since 2012, the Palomar 200-inch user community has grown into a partnership with four different institutions. With the start of this quarterly newsletter, we aim to bring together our diverse user community and provide an effective communication medium on the latest developements at the Observatory, the telescope, and all things relevant to P200 observers.

  • No. 11 (Spring 2023): Commissioning of NGPS Acquisition and Guiding Subsystem  •  NGPS User Interface  •  Palomar Monastery  •  Palomar Science Meeting 2023: Save the Date
  • No. 10 (Summer 2022): NGPS Update  •  DBSP QuickLook  •  Native Americans Name Asteroid 'Ayló'chaxnim or “Venus Girl”
  • No. 9 (Summer 2021): Hale Primary Mirror Recoating in Mid-November 2021  •  A New Pipeline for Reducing DBSP Data from P200  •  Update on the Next Generation Palomar Spectrograph (NGPS)  •  Updated Observing Forms
  • No. 8 (Winter 2021): Big Performance Improvement from the Upgraded P200 Adaptive Optics  •  A JPL Technical Experiment at the Hale Telescope  •  Palomar Pandemic Operations  •  The New Palomar Observatory Gift and Book Store
  • No. 7 (Fall 2020): NSF Support Success  •  Next Generation Palomar Spectrograph  •  SIGHT to Improve Hale Telescope Image Quality Utilizing Novel UV Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics  •  Cryoscope
  • No. 6 (Spring 2020): New Class of Interior to Venus Asteroid Newly Discovered at Palomar  •  Palomar Observatory Received Funding to Protect Forest Health  •  COVID-19 Response
  • No. 5 (Fall 2019): Discovery of Inflow Fueling of Supermassive Black Hole Close to the Accretion Disk  •  Upgraded P3K Returns to Science Operations  •  Meet Our Staff: Carolyn Heffner  •  Reminder: Remote Observing Policy
  • No. 4 (Summer 2019): A Seven Minute Binary Star and Its Orbital Decay Due to Gravitational Wave Emission  •  Palomar Observatory Announces CHIMERA as a Facility Instrument for the 2020A Semester  •  Palomar 200-inch Remote Observing Policy  •  NAOC-Beijing P200 Remote Observing Facility  •  PARVI on P200 Sees Its First Light
  • No. 3 (Spring 2019): Upgraded WIRC+Pol on P200 inch  •  News on PALM-3000 (P3K) Instrument  •  Updates on Palomar High Angular Resolution Observer (PHARO)  •  WaSP: A New Optical Imaging Camera for the Palomar Observatory  •  LFC Decommissioning
  • No. 2 (Winter 2019): P200 Refurbishment and Return to Service  •  Science Highlight from Yale: Imaging of an Accreting Stellar-Mass Black Hole  •  JPL’s Instrumentation Program for the Palomar Hale Telescope  •  JPL Instrumentation Highlight: Palomar Radial Velocity Instrument (PARVI)  •  Data Reduction Tips and Resources  •  NAOC Observer FAQ
  • No. 1 (Fall 2018): Welcome to the Palomar Observer Newsletter!  •  COO Directorship Transition  •  Palomar Observer Frequently Asked Questions  •  The Palomar 200-inch Down-Time This Fall  •  Presentations from Palomar Science Meeting 2018  •  Online Discussion Platform (Slack Channel)

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Last updated: 16 March 2023 ACM