The Huntsman Telescope

lessons learned from building an autonomous telescope from COTS components

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Abstract

The Huntsman Telescope is a wide field imager based on the successful Dragonfly Telescope concept.1 It consists of an array of co-aligned telephoto DSLR lenses with cooled CCD cameras. The ten 140 mm apertures have a combined collecting area equivalent to a 0.5 m class telescope but have lower stray light levels than a typical telescope of this size.1, 2 Its primary purpose is low surface brightness imaging of nearby galaxies, and it also observes exoplanet transits and other optical transients.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
EditorsSimon Ellis, Céline d'Orgeville
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510631472
ISBN (Print)9781510631465
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2020
EventAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 Dec 201912 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume11203
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period9/12/1912/12/19

Keywords

  • low surface brightness
  • COTS
  • autonomous observatory
  • robotic telescope
  • small telescopes
  • exoplanet transit
  • target of opportunity

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