Lee Spitler


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My research aims to improve our understanding of how galaxies form and evolve through cosmic times. Galaxies host all the really interesting things about the universe (stars, dust, life, etc) so their study can tell us a lot about the universe we live in.

I am also pursuing creative ways to view the universe using new technology. This started with my efforts to set up the Huntsman Telescope, a southern hemisphere version of the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, which uses off-the-shelf Canon telephoto lenses to image extremely diffuse stellar structures. You can follow our Huntsman project on Twitter and Facebook.

This expanded into space, with my efforts to launch a similar single lens system into space with the Australian Space Eye. We've merged this effort into the SkyHopper Space Telescope mission.

External positions

Elected Council Member, Astronomical Society of Australia

1 Jul 201329 Jun 2017

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Projects 2015 2022

Research Outputs 2006 2020

The Huntsman Telescope: lessons learned from building an autonomous telescope from COTS components

Horton, A., Spitler, L., Gee, W., Longbottom, F., Alvarado-Montes, J. A., Bazkiaei, A., Caddy, S. & Lee, S., 3 Jan 2020, Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019. Ellis, S. & d'Orgeville, C. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, 2 p. 1120306. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 11203).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstractResearchpeer-review

lessons learned
extrasolar planets
CCD cameras

On the lack of correlation between [O III ]/[O II ] and Lyman continuum escape fraction

Bassett, R., Ryan-Weber, E. V., Cooke, J., Diaz, C. G., Nanayakkara, T., Yuan, T. T., Spitler, L. R., Meštrić, U., Garel, T., Sawicki, M., Gwyn, S. & Golob, A., 11 Mar 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 483, 4, p. 5223-5245 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A 3.5 million Solar masses black hole in the centre of the ultracompact dwarf galaxy fornax UCD3

Afanasiev, A. V., Chilingarian, I. V., Mieske, S., Voggel, K. T., Picotti, A., Hilker, M., Seth, A., Neumayer, N., Frank, M., Romanowsky, A. J., Hau, G., Baumgardt, H., Ahn, C., Strader, J., den Brok, M., McDermid, R., Spitler, L., Brodie, J. & Walsh, J. L., Jul 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 477, 4, p. 4856-4865 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Decoupled black hole accretion and quenching: the relationship between BHAR, SFR and quenching in Milky Way- and Andromeda-mass progenitors since z = 2.5

Cowley, M. J., Spitler, L. R., Quadri, R. F., Goulding, A. D., Papovich, C., Tran, K. V. H., Labbé, I., Alcorn, L., Allen, R. J., Forrest, B., Glazebrook, K., Kacprzak, G. G., Morrison, G., Nanayakkara, T., Straatman, C. M. S. & Tomczak, A. R., 1 Jan 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 473, 3, p. 3710-3716 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

star formation rate

Jekyll & Hyde: quiescence and extreme obscuration in a pair of massive galaxies 1.5 Gyr after the Big Bang

Schreiber, C., Labbé, I., Glazebrook, K., Bekiaris, G., Papovich, C., Costa, T., Elbaz, D., Kacprzak, G. G., Nanayakkara, T., Oesch, P., Pannella, M., Spitler, L., Straatman, C., Tran, K. V. & Wang, T., 20 Mar 2018, In : Astronomy and Astrophysics. 611, p. 1-22 22 p., A22.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
star formation
velocity profile