Claude Plymate

Engineering Physicist

I work for the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona as Engineering Physicist for the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope located on Kitt Peak. My primary responsibilities are the day-to-day operations on the McMath Solar Telescope and the the Kitt Peak SOLIS Tower Telescope. Another of my responsibilities is to produce the Telescope Schedules. Current activities include development of a very low-cost Adaptive Optics system for the McMath-Pierce.

In 2002, I received my Masters degree in Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney. My Masters project was titled "Two-Dimensional Imaging of the Fundamental Rotation-Vibration Carbon Monoxide Lines at 4.67 Microns". The research project was based on data collected at the McMath-Pierce Imaging IR Spectrometer (IRIS).
Web cameras are now available showing near real-time images of:

Here are the latest images from the Kitt Peak SOLIS Tower Telescope (click on images for full resolution):

Cloud & transparency predictions for Kitt Peak:

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Claude Plymate
National Solar Observatory
950 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85746-9531