Powerful telescope to ‘open new window in universe’

rosebud 30 August 2008 3

The ABC reports that scientists at Canberra’s Mount Stromlo Observatory will control and process data from a new type of astronomical telescope known as Skymapper.

Any Canberra scientist Riotacters out there who would like to comment more?

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3 Responses to Powerful telescope to ‘open new window in universe’
The cat did it The cat did it 10:29 pm 30 Aug 08

i suspect they mean ‘powerful’ in a mapping sense, perhaps in terms of amounts of data captured, not in terms of optical resolution. The design is optimised for fast, accurate and comprehensive survey work, with a lot of attention being paid to thermal stability (cooling, equipment chillers etc)

shauno shauno 4:20 pm 30 Aug 08

Cant quiet work out why its suppose to be 40 times more powerful then anything in the world when its only got a 1.3m mirror. Does the 40 times relate to the amount of data it can capture as opposed to the deep field resolution of the 10m Keck and 8m Chili telescopes?

Spectra Spectra 2:14 pm 30 Aug 08

The telescope itself is located at Siding Springs Observatory. Plenty of information for those interested is located on the official site.

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