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DAG: A New Observatory And A Prospective Observing Site For Other Potential Telescopes

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2016-07-01
YEŞİLYAPRAK, Cahit
Yerli, Sinan Kaan
KESKİN, ONUR
Gucsav, B. Bulent
DAG (Eastern Anatolia Observatory is read as "Dogu Anadolu Gozlemevi" in Turkish) is the newest and largest observatory of Turkey, constructed at an altitude of 3170 m in Konakli/Erzurum province, with an optical and near-infrared telescope (4 m in diameter) and its robust observing site infrastructure. This national project consists of three main phases: DAG (Telescope, Enclosure, Buildings and Infrastructures), FPI (Focal Plane Instruments and Adaptive Optics) and MCP (Mirror Coating Plant). All these three phases are supported by the Ministry of Development of Turkey and funding is awarded to Ataturk University. Telescope, enclosure and building tenders were completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. The final design of telescope, enclosure and building and almost all main infrastructure components of DAG site have been completed; mainly: road work, geological and atmospheric surveys, electric and fiber cabling, water line, generator system, cable car to summit. This poster explains recent developments of DAG project and talks about the future possible collaborations for various telescopes which can be constructed at the site.