UH Hilo astronomy professor and his student test small telescope on Maunakea, photos of field trip are GORGEOUS

The type of telescope, the CGEM-925-HD, is used in the UH Hilo astronomy program for training students on modern observing techniques.

By Susan Enright.

Students sit at observation site, looking up at milky way.
UH Hilo astronomy student Cale Clementson and Assistant Professor of Astronomy R. Pierre Martin observe the stars from the summit of Maunakea on Aug. 23, 2014. Click to enlarge. Photos by John Coney.
Student and professor at observation site. Student holds equipment. Words: CGEM925HD set up and testing, 23 August 2014, Maunakea. Professor Pierre Martin (with an arrow pointing to him) and Cate Clementson (with an arrow pointing at her). Dusk colors in background.
The professor and his student set up the CGEM-925-HD telescope.

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo astronomy student Cale Clementson traveled up to the summit of Maunakea last month with R. Pierre Martin, assistant professor of astronomy, to set up and test a small telescope dedicated to astrophotography. The CGEM-925-HD computerized telescope delivers pinpoint images, allowing all stars to be in tight focus.

“These telescopes are used in the UH Hilo astronomy program for training students on modern observing techniques,” says John Coney, educational specialist in the physics and astronomy department, who photographed the field trip, producing a catalog of images.

Martin is director of the UH Hilo Hoku Ke‘a Observatory located on Maunakea.


About the writer of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.