UND Internet Observatory #3 was built during Summer 2008 and will provide some unique capabilities in comparison with the other telescopes at the UND Space Studies Observatory. This observatory, housed in a custom-built roll-off roof built by Pier-Tech, Inc., includes a Pier-Tech 3 pier, a Software Bisque Paramount, and a 16-inch-aperture Meade LX200R optical tube.
Instrumentation includes an Apogee U9000 CCD camera with broadband clear and BVRI filters and an SBIG Self-Guiding Spectrograph (SGS). The SGS is a visible wavelength spectrograph that will be used in conjunction with a wavelength calibration unit to acquire stellar spectra that will aide in the classification of different types of stars. This will be a new research capability for the UND Space Studies Observatory and will support additional research and education projects. The SGS can only be used locally; it is not designed for remote operation.
Remote research and education projects that will be supported include astrometric and photometric projects.