16–17 November 2010
Ensenada, Baja California, México


Schedule of events

  • 15 November (Monday): arrival in Ensenada
  • 16-17 November: PLANETS meeting
  • 18 November (Thursday): departure

Venue for the meeting

The meeting will be held in the building that houses the Instituto de Astronomía and Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, located on the north side of Ensenada. The address is:
Observatorio Astronómico Nacional
Km 103 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, C.P. 22860, Ensenada, Baja California
Phone: +52-646-174-4593 and +52-646-174-4580

Travel information

Ensenada is located about 1.5 hours from the US border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. A safe and reliable pickup service to/from the San Diego (SAN) airport is being arranged. There will be 2 trips from the San Diego Airport to Ensenada on 15 November, at approximately 9:30 hrs and 13:30 hrs. Two trips to the San Diego Airport are planned for 17 Nov. in the afternoon and 18 Nov. in the morning. A list of passangers for each trip and meeting locations will be sent to you shortly.


Hotel Cortes Baja Inn
Av. Lopez Mateos No. 1089 (also known as “Calle Primera”)
Phone: +52-646-178-2307; 01-800-026-6999
Hotel reservations for the nights of 15, 16 and 17 November have been made for S. Berdyugina, I. Cruz-Gonzalez, M. Emilio, D. Harrington, M. Kagitani, Y. Kasaba, G. Koenigs- berger, J. Kuhn, S. Okano, J. Ritter, I. Scholl, and S. Truitt.


Tuesday, 16 November Wednesday, 17 November
Meet in hotel lobby for transportation to IA/OAN 8:30am
9:00 Welcome (D. Hiriart)
9:15 PLANETS: Why the world needs THIS 2m-class telescope (J. Kuhn)

1. Science focus

9:45 S. Okano
10:05 S. Berdyugina
10:25 I. Cruz-González
10:45 M. Emilio
11:05 Science discussion
Coffee Break: 11:30–12:00

2. Optics technology

12:00 Mirror polishing (L. Salas)
12:20 Optical testing (E. Luna)
Lunch: 12:40–14:00
14:00 Visit to the HyDrA Laboratory

3. Telescope and optics technology

15:00 Optics handling, generation (S. Truitt, J. Ritter)
15:20 Mirror cell design (E. Ruiz, E. Sohn)
15:40 Building, OSS status (I. Scholl)
16:00 Discussion (J. Kuhn)

4. Instrumentation needs

16:20 Coud´e, heterodyne, etc. (Y. Kasaba)
16:30 Broad-band polarimetry (S. Berdyugina)
16:40 Spectropolarimetry (D. Harrington)
16:50 Photometry (M. Emilio)
17:00 IR systems (E. Cruz-González)
17:10 Adaptive optics, coronagraphy (J. Kuhn)
17:20 Discussion
Coffee Break: 17:30–17:50
17:50 Funding opportunities within the technology development sector (J. Cantó)
18:10 The San Pedro Mártir Observatory (D. Hiriart)

Dinner (location TBD) 7:00 p.m.
8:45 Coffee with OAN personnel

5. Partners meeting

9:30 Project milestones, timeline (I. Scholl)
10:00 Funding discussion (S. Okano, J. Kuhn)
10:30 Partnership organization (S. Okano, J. Kuhn)
11:00 General discussion

11:30 Adjourn
12:00 Sightseeing tour Valle de Guadalupe Winery


  • Svetlana Berdyugina, Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, Germany
  • Irene Cruz-González, Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, México
  • Marcelo Emilio, Observatorio Astronômico-Departamento de Geociências Universi- dade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil
  • David Harrington, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i, USA
  • David Hiriart, Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, México
  • Masato Kagitani, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Yasumasa Kasaba, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Gloria Koenigsberger, Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, UNAM, México
  • Jeffrey Kuhn, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i, USA
  • Esteban Luna, Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, México
  • Shoichi Okano, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Viippu Piirola, Tuorla Observatory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, Finland.
  • Joe Ritter, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i, USA
  • Elfego Ruiz, Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, México
  • Isabelle Scholl, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i, USA
  • Luis Salas, Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, México
  • Erika Sohn, Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, México
  • Stan Truitt, Pukalani, HI, 96788, USA


We express our gratitude to the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología for providing partial funding for this meeting through Program IN 48929, and the IAUNAM/OAN-SPM for organizing the local logistics.