Astronomy took a quantum leap with the first CCD cameras in the 1980s. Their unprecedented sensitivity has proven invaluable. Since then, CCDs have become ubiquitous in photographic cameras. However, science-grade sensors that meet the extreme demands of astronomy are still costly, highly specialised items. Macquarie astronomers are involved in developing world-leading astronomical instrumentation, for which access to a realistic astronomy grade CCD camera in the lab is crucial. Further, taking scientific observations at Macquarie observatory is key for our HDR students’ training. We request funding for a general-purpose, science-grade camera enabling this, to maintain our competitive edge.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/18 → 31/12/18|