Macquarie College and Canon Australia have unveiled the Huntsman Telescope, a ‘first of its variety’ array within the southern hemisphere that may research the faintest, ‘most elusive’ clues to higher perceive galaxies and astronomical objects within the southern sky.
The Huntsman Telescope contains 10 Canon EF 400mm F2.8 L IS II super-telephoto prime lenses, like those customers may purchase off the shelf. The Huntsman Telescope is the one one among its variety within the southern hemisphere.
The telescope is on the Siding Spring Observatory close to Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia. Researchers will use the telescope array to carry out deep southern sky surveys and analysis galaxy formation and evolution, how galaxies type, develop, and the way they have interaction with surrounding constructions.
The Principal Investigator of the Huntsman Telescope, Dr. Lee Spitler, from Macquarie College’s Faculty of Mathematical & Bodily Sciences and Australian Astronomical Optics, mentioned that the telescope could be essential in understanding what ought to occur if the Milky Approach Galaxy has a head-on collision with the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy, an occasion that theories recommend may happen in 4.5 billion years. ‘The Huntsman Telescope is pioneering the best way wherein we view our Southern skies by capturing pictures of the faintest galaxy constructions that standard telescopes merely could not,’ says Dr. Spitler. ’The power to watch the remnants of galaxies colliding with one another and trying to find the faintest and smallest galaxies within the universe, will assist us perceive the potential destiny of the Milky Approach within the far distant future.’
The Huntsman Telescope is impressed by the Dragonfly Telephoto Array within the US. Final fall, we wrote about Canon USA offering technical help to the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, together with offering 120 400mm F2.8 lenses.
|Andromeda Galaxy by means of the Huntsman Telescope.
Credit score: Sarah Caddy
For the Huntsman Telescope, every lens features a single monolithic wide-field detector overlaying six sq. levels. The telephoto lenses present redundant traces of sight, leading to extraordinarily correct and clear views of the universe.
‘For 80 years, Canon has been dedicated to growing precision optical applied sciences that exceed the wants of our prospects, and we’re proud that our EF-lenses will play a job in serving to Australian scientists sort out a number of the most important questions in astronomy at the moment,’ mentioned Kotaro Fukushima, Managing Director, Canon Oceania. ‘With our origins in digital camera improvement, Canon has diversified its enterprise and technological potential to develop into important to a variety of fields – from area exploration to printing, medical tools and safety – with the aim of fixing numerous social challenges and enriching the lives of all international residents.’
|Orion Nebula by means of the Huntsman Telescope.
Credit score: Sarah Caddy
There are 9 Huntsman Telescope’s technical and science group members, together with 5 Macquarie Ph.D. college students. Sarah Caddy, a Ph.D. candidate from the Faculty of Mathematical and Bodily Sciences at Macquarie College, says that the Huntsman Telescope is scalable, with deliberate upgrades already within the works. ‘The Huntsman’s new suite of highly effective computer systems allows every lens or ‘eye’ of the Huntsman to function independently of one another. It will permit the telescope to autonomously detect ultra-fast transient occasions like stellar flares from distant stars, or much more unique phenomenon like aiding the seek for origin of quick radio bursts that proceed to elude astronomers,’ says Ms. Caddy.
If you happen to dwell close to the Huntsman Telescope, it’s going to be open to the general public on October 1 as a part of the annual StarFest.
Photographs courtesy of Canon Australia until in any other case famous