The Las Campanas Observatory

Below is a view of the observatory as it appeared at 6:10PM on March 23, 2001. Our observing team of Barry Madore (CIW/IPAC), Wendy Freedman (CIW), Ryan Quadri (HMC), and Bryan Penprase (Pomona College) were observing at Las Campanas for 10 nights to study the structure of the galaxy M83 and other relatively nearby galaxies using the 100" DuPont telescope, the 40" telescope, and the 6.5 meter Magellan telescope. The observing run was very successful and will keep us busy for many months as we study the results. This page is a tour of some of the observational results, and views from the observing run of March 20-30 2001.

Views of the Observatory Site and Telescopes

Ten still images from my Olympus Ultrazoom 2100 digital camera were stitched together and matched with Photoshop to create this view of the observatory at sunset. It almost is like being there!  Enjoy!

(Note: This image links to a larger image (7000 by 500 pixels) if you click on it -- the full sized image is approximately 14,000 by 1000 pixels!)

Another Panorama of the Mountain from the 40 inch telescope

Yet Another Panorama from the 40 inch telescope

More pictures of the observatory buildings, etc. can be found at my Las Campanas Pictures site.

Results from Our Observations at Las Campanas

Our work should reveal new things about the structure and evolution of galaxies. Using narrow band filters and high signal to noise images from the Las Campanas telescopes, we will be studying the inner workings of a variety of galaxies to learn more about star formation, supernova remnants and stellar populations within the galaxies. You can see some of our preliminary results at the links below.

Results from our work with the galaxy M83 and other objects observed with the Magellan 6.5 meter telescope

Results from Galaxy Tricolor Imaging

You can also read about my expedition to see the penguins of Churros Island (north of La Serena, fairly far north!)
This and some images of the scenery in North Chile may be found on my Penguin Expedition page.

This page was prepared for educational purposes. If you intend to use the images on this page for other pages or purposes, please send me email, and include a credit to Dr. Bryan Penprase, Pomona College. Thanks!

Bryan Penprase
Associate Professor of Astronomy
Pomona College