First view – the telescope

Miss Flood visited Telescope House in Surrey earlier this week to confirm arrangements for the astronomical instruments that will be used in the observatory.

Here she is pictured with the main telescope, a Meade LX200 16.

Some brief facts about the telescope:

It has a 16 inch aperture – this is the light collecting area. The larger the aperture the more light it can collect and the better the resolution. We will use a range of eyepieces to achieve different magnifications.

It is a catadioptric telescope which means that it uses a combination of lenses and mirrors to produce the image. It is electronically controlled with built in GPS, and is the most widely used research quality telescope in the world

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An astronomical observatory at The Long Eaton School, scheduled to open in early 2012
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