As part of its plan to direct resources to its astronomical research facilities in Chile, the Carnegie Institution of Washington will mothball the Mount Wilson 2.54-m telescope on July 1, 1985, and will gradually decrease support for the 45.7-m and 18.3-m solar tower telescopes. Concurrently, the Mount Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories' technical development group in Pasadena, Calif., will be expanded.
New equipment will be acquired for the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, where Carnegie operates two modern telescopes. A charged coupled device camera will be added to the 1.0-m telescope at the observatory to yield more accurate imaging of extremely faint objects. Another charged coupled device will enable the recording of spectra of extended sources, including galaxies and emitting clouds. Eventually, this device will permit fiber-optical feeds for the simultaneous recording of many objects in a group of stars or galaxies. Also on the list is a new spectrograph that will introduce high-resolution spectroscopy for the first time at the Las Campanas Observatory's 2.54-m telescope. Computer facilities at the observatory will be upgraded. In addition, improvements will be made for the television viewing systems that aid in locating faint sources in the telescope field of view.