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Thursday, October 06, 2005

36 inch, Spacewatch

I took this picture of the Spacewatch 36 inch telescope on March 12 this year with my Canon A75. I set the lens to 5mm focal length and attached the wide angle converter. The expsoure was 15 seconds at f/2.8. This picture shows the oldest telescope on Kitt Peak. It's not the 36 inch (the white tubed telescope) which is the 2nd old telescope on Kitt Peak - the oldest is the brass colored Alvin Clark and sons refractor on top of the 36 inch. The 36 inch telescope is used to survey for asteroids and was the first telescope used to survey regularly for asteroids using an electronic detector starting in 1984 - pioneering the way all the major surveys find asteroids today. Check out the Spacewatch website to learn more about the old girl adn the rest of the project.

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