Mission: Astrophysical research consortium operates two telescopes at the apache point observatory. There is a 3. 5 meter general purpose telescope and a survey specialized 2. 5 meter sloan foundation telescope. The telescopes have distinct purposes in the service of their constituencies.
Programs: The 3. 5 meter telescope benefits the research faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and public outreach programs of each member institution. Using innovative remote software, astronomers can operate and collect data from anywhere in the world. The telescope has a suite of cameras and spectrographs that serve a wide variety of scientific endeavors, resulting in more than 50 refereed science results being published each year. There is an active outreach program at the observatory and at member institutions. The 2. 5 meter telescope, which operates the sdss-iv survey projects, had a productive year. The ongoing sdss-iv project is a collaboration of more than 60 institutions and 600 astronomers. The primary foci of the survey this year were on-going operations at apache point observatory and preparation of observing at las campanas observatory.