Hercules A

Hercules A
Radio-Optical View of the Galaxy Hercules A - Many thanks to: NASA, ESA, S. Baum and C. O'Dea (RIT), R. Perley and W. Cotton (NRAO/AUI/NSF), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Big Bear Solar Observatory New Solar Telescope - One of the two largest aperture Solar telescopes in the world

The Big Bear Solar Observatory is operated by the New Jersey Science and Technology University (NJIT - New Jersey Institute of Technology):

My many thanks to Claude Plymate for showing me this wonderful instrument.

I refer to Cao et al. 2010:
for a description of the Scientific Instrumentation

Additional papers at:

Image Gallery:
AR NOAA 11109 observed with the NST/TiO imager on Sept 27, 2011
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1.6 meter primary mirror backside, with support cell mechanical actuators partially visible.

The Telescope is an off-axis Gregorian Instrument
Power dispersing assembly at the primary focus
Movable counter weight with motor in the tube to the right
Second of a series of mirrors steering the light beam to the adaptive optics bench in the lower floor

Adaptive optics bench of the Shack-Hartmann system
The adaptive mirror currently has 97 actuators

About half of the control room displays

Adaptive optics graphics display

Adaptive optics digital display

H alpha Observer Tool

New Solar Telescope Main graphical Interface