To establish a world-class organization featuring mentors to provide hands-on experience for young astronomers to conduct collaborative observatory based research under pristine Dark Sky.
To reach out to universities and colleges offering degrees and courses in astronomy to offer them membership in the University Dark Sky Astronomy Consortium (UDSAC). Establish the Consortium as a student centric organization were they can meet, network, collaborate, participate in, present findings, and publish their inter-institutional astronomy research projects.
For over a decade, amateur astronomy observatories have been built in the high desert region of southwestern New Mexico. For the past six years, members of our team have been building and operating solar powered remotely controlled astronomy observatories in this Dark Sky region. The construction designs, as well as, the mechanical and electrical systems have been proven to withstand the harsh desert conditions, e.g. extreme temperatures from -3 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit and high winds over 60 mph. These observatories have been remotely operated reliably from as far away as Puerto Rico, Thailand and India. Through the Consortium, each member institution will have exclusive use of an observatory that features our best construction design and operating systems.
The University Dark Sky Astronomy Consortium (UDSAC) is a division of the Center for Quantitative Cytometry (CQC), established in 1994. CQC was granted 501(c)3 non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service in 1996 to engage in education, scientific and data gathering activities. The first program of the CQC addressed the quantitative measurement of fluorescence intensity of antibodies that labeled blood cells relevant in AIDS. CQC provided Quantitative Flow Cytometry Workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Australia. Pfizer, Inc. sponsored the second CQC program where a methodology and standards were developed to quantitatively measure the degree of Macular De-generation in the human eye as a function of fluorescence. The third project of CQC, the Consortium, was inspired by six years of observation and astro-imaging under the dark skies of New Mexico . Establishing UDSAC as a non-profit division of CQC provides an opportunity for Institutions of Higher Learning to better serve their students and faculty.
UDSAC solar and wind powered remote controlled observatory