A Short historical sequence of DAG related studies
DAG team attended to the seminar titled as "Space Optics and Telescope" given by AMOS firm in Ankara.
Eight filters to be used in ATA50 was arrived to Erzurum.
The filter wheel for ATA50 was arrived to Erzurum.
The CCD camera was arrived to Erzurum.
"Atatürk University Astrophysics Research Telescope" was started.
A technical advisory committee was established.
An advisory committee for DAG tender was established from presidency of Atatürk University and DAG team members.
Installing a service housing just below the summit was started by the support of Atatürk University.
SQM (Sky Quality Measurements) were carried out at the summit.
Korhan Yelkenci (İstanbul University, Astronomy and Space Sci.) was employed at ATASAM for a month.
Observatory site, Karakaya Tepeleri and their perimeters were investigated by Eme. Prof. Yener Özkan (ODTÜ Civil Eng.), Expert Geologist Turgay Alemdaroğlu (Peker Construction) and Assoc.Dr. Mehmet Özyazıcıoğlu (Director of Atatürk Üniversity, Earthquake Research Center) for geological structure and soil analysis.
The two laned road to the ATA50 telescope building covered with asphalt.
Sinan Aliş and Timur Şahin presented the recent advancements of DAG project in 19th National Astronomy Meeting.
Cahit Yeşilyaprak presented the DAG project in a seminar given at Çukurova University, UZAYMER, Adana.
Cahit Yeşilyaprak and Sinan Kaan Yerli attended in a budget meeting held in Ministry of Development (where State Planning Organisation resides) to eliminate deficiencies of current infrastructure of DAG project. An extension of budget is requested for these deficiencies.
Feasibility studies were initieated for the infrastructure of DAG (Electricity, network, water, land surveying etc).
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DAG team members were attended to SPIE 2012, "Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation" conference and exibition and meeted with several telescope firms in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Using 'radio link' infrastructure, 18 Mbps network connection to the summit has been established.
Permission of housing a 1000 kVA power line with a transformer has been granted.
The second executive meeting of the project with the university was carried out.
A METEOSAT receiving station was constructed and the first frame was downloaded.
An application for "Personnel Employment by Contract" has been sent to SPO (State Planning Organisation) by the presidency of Atatürk Üniversitesi.
Saturn has been spotted on a test observation of ATA50.
The first executive meeting of the project with the university was held.
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First Advisory Board Meeting is held at Erzurum.
Nazım Aksaker (Çukurova University, Adana) was employed at ATASAM for three months.
Immediate expropriation of designated land for DAG has been taken and all necessary procedures were initiated to allocate it to the Ataturk University.
Cahit Yeşilyaprak presented the DAG project in a seminar given at Atatürk University Engineering Faculty.
ATASAM was established and it is announced in the govermental newspaper.
First DAG meeting with project members were held in Erzurum.
New Scientific Research Projects (BAP) for automation ATA50 telescope were accepted.
DAG project was accepted.
Meeted with SAGEM representatives (France) in Turkey.
A new automated weather observation system (AWOS) was installed at the summit and data acquisition was initiated.
Initiation of Atatürk University Application and Research Center for Astrophysics (ATASAM) were accepted in the University Senate. The decision was sent to Higher Education Council (YÖK).
Installation and test of the balance weight system of the ATA50 telescope was completed.
Adding balance weight system for ATA50 was initiated.
A night vision camera was installed to ATA50 telescope building.
Allocation of land for DAG site (Karakaya Tepeleri) was passed in the provincial commission.
Davis brand meteorological station was installed next to ATA50 telescope building.
DAG members meeted with Brashear firm (USA).
Refurbisment of surroundings of ATA50 telescope building was started.
Internet connections (fiber, 1 GBit) for ATA50 telescope building was tested, and the telescope was remotely accessed (via VNC and FTP).
Installation of ATA50 telescope was completed.
An enclosure system for the ATA50 telescope was mounted and operated.
AMOS firm and its facilities were visited in Belgium.
ATA50 telescope building was completed.
Electric and fiber lines for ATA50 telescope building were laid.
An official initiation started to cover additional western peaks of Karakaya Tepeleri for the DAG site.
The optical tube (OTA) of ATA50 telescope was arrived to Erzurum.
An AWOS (Automated Weather Observation System) was ordered for DAG.
First student of PhD program in astrophysics division was registered.
DAG project was defended in State Planing Organization.
Construction of the ATA50 telescope building was started.
A MSc thesis was completed under the astrophysics division.
Team members meeted with EIE (from Italy) in TUBITAK National Observatory in Antalya.
A poster presentation was given at 2nd Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories conference held in Malaga, Spain to introduce the DAG project.
Mounting system (ASA DDM160) of ATA50 telescope arrived to Erzurum.
An updated version of the DAG project was submitted to the State Planing Organization.
Mounting system (ASA DDM160) of ATA50 arrived to Ankara.
Workshop of IR Astronomy and Eastern Anatolia Observatory was organized.
A joint project with Erciyes University was prepared and accepted for the CCD camera of ATA50 telescope.
A poster presentation was given at Telescopes from Afar Conference: An international conference on remotely operated, automated, or robotic ground based telescopes conference held in Hawaii to introduce the DAG project.
DAG project was announced in ILETI (communication portal between Turkish astronomers).
On behalf of the project team, C.Yeşilyaprak ve S.K.Yerli carried out informative meetings of the project through out the country.
The State Planing Organization (DPT) was accepted the DAG project as a pre-project in the goverment's newspaper.
A MSc. student was employed in astrophysics division.
A 50 cm telescope (ATA50) was purchased from Australia and Germany.
Two MSc. thesis were completed in astrophysics division.
A MSc. thesis was completed in astrophysics division.
A new scientific research project (BAP) named "Atatürk University Astrophysics Research Telescope" (50cm diameter) was accepted (Project No: 2010/40).
The project was resubmitted to State Planing Organization with its new consept of "Eastern Anatolia Observatory".
Seeing observations were started.
Meteorological observations were initiated in Atatürk University campus.
Four MSc. students were employed under the astrophysics division.
The astrophysics division was initiated in the Physics Department.
Three MSc. students were employed.
A radio link communication system between University and Palandöken was installed.
Atatürk University owns the observatory project when it is submitted to State Planing Organization.
A new scientific research project (BAP) for astronomical and atmospheric tests was accepted (Project No: 2008/109)
Meteorological observations were initiated at Palandöken.
A scientific research project (BAP) was accepted to carry out meteorological observations. (Project No: 2007/33).
C.Yeşilyaprak started his position in, Atatürk University, Faculty of Science, Physics Department.