Uppsala schmidt telescope - Australia
Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:08 AM
In March, Rob McNaught also found C 2013 E1, a 19th magnitude comet which will reach perihelion at 7.6 AU in October 2013. These latest discoveries brought his total number of comet discoveries to 75...
Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:43 PM
Thanks for sharing such cool photos! I have a question about this one:
Was anything recovered from that telescope or was it a total 100% loss?
I have never been in a large observatory like what you've been in. What's it like in there during the middle of the night? Noisy? Quiet? What do you hear? I have to make a point to visit a large observatory some day. Thanks again for showing us that link!
Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:31 AM
Thanks for your picture Obin. Now I've seen and read about fire-threaded observatories in Australia the third time - the second time was only weeks ago.
Now my question, can there be a safety area cleared around observatories in order to prevent such consequences in case of a fire and what would be a reasonable clearance radius in depentence of the observatory radius?
Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:19 PM
Problem with the bushfires is the wind, carrying burning debris all over the observatory. Luckily the domes at Siding Spring Observatory are well spaced apart, but smaller equipment such as weather stations, all sky cameras burned down. Mount Stromlo's workshop burned down in 1952 and the complete observatory was destroyed in the January 2003 bushfires...
Standing between the domes at any major observatory is an amazing feeling, even with a full Moon (mostly the time of the month non-professional astronomers can be up at an observatory). Sometimes You hear animals, an owl flying over or as I heard in Australia the creepie noise of a burned tree falling down in the far distance... :iwhat:
So far I have visited 88 observatories in about 30 countries... My Flickr page gives an idea and there're some night shots as well