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Say 'Cheese,' Universe: Scientists Complete Construction of the Biggest Digital Camera Ever

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#1 DanMiller

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Posted 04 April 2024 - 07:04 AM

https://gizmodo.com/...slac-1851383305

Nine years and 3.2 billion pixels later, it is complete: the LSST Camera stands as the largest digital camera ever built for astronomy and will serve as the centerpiece of the Vera Rubin Observatory, poised to begin its exploration of the southern skies.

 

The camera will use its 5.1-foot-wide optical lens to take a 15-second exposure of the sky every 20 seconds, automatically changing filters to view light in every wavelength from near-ultraviolet to the near-infrared. Its constant monitoring of the skies will eventually amount to a timelapse of the heavens; it will highlight fleeting events for other scientists to train their telescopes on, and monitor changes in the southern sky.

 

I wonder if they will be taking calibration frames?  

 

Wish I could have found a better reference link.  Just happened to come accross this one

 

This looks to be a better link.

https://www6.slac.st...built-astronomy


Edited by DanMiller, 04 April 2024 - 07:10 AM.


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Posted 04 April 2024 - 07:12 AM

My CEM60'll hold it. rofl2.gif


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#3 DanMiller

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Posted 04 April 2024 - 07:17 AM

My CEM60'll hold it. rofl2.gif

Lol, pretty much what I was thinking.  I can just see the DSO people(myself included) going.  I want one of them.

 

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Posted 04 April 2024 - 08:24 AM

Not sure I'd have enough RAM on my computer to even operate that thing.
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Posted 04 April 2024 - 08:35 AM

The first article I made is nothing but a fluff piece.  The second article I linked to is much more informative.  I need to go back and reread that second article now that I think about it.

 

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