tech2 News StaffAugust 18, 2021 18:12:38 IST
The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) released the telescope on India’s 75th Independence Day. The 14-inch telescope is located on the Kand campus.
It was opened by Padmashri and Padmabhushan, Dr. BN Suresh, Chancellor and Thiruvananthapuram, founder of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology.
The telescope helps both amateur skyscrapers and is mainly used in information and night sky observation training programs. However, it is effective enough to help astronomy researchers in their research-level observations as well.
Dr. Mayukh Pahari, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, said: “Unlike other observatories designed for the exploration program, our facility offers the opportunity to work with high quality astronomical images of deep sky objects as well as transient events to enable school / students to participate in astronomical research. “
It has a huge mirror with an optical diameter of 355 mm and a focal length of 1650 mm. Such a large mirror as well as a Crayford focus and an elegant lattice tube help in astronomy.
IITH is one of the eight new IITs established by the Government of India in 2008. This telescope is believed to be the second largest among IITs after IIT Kanpur.
It allows the detection of deep skies and weak objects that were never possible to detect with a small telescope. From small craters on the surface of the moon to Saturn’s rings and meteor jets, this telescope uses an advanced digital camera to record these images and other astronomical phenomena.
The project is funded by Professor BS Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, and is led by Dr. Mayukh Pahari, Department of Physics.
“The enthusiasm and curiosity of young students for the objects of heaven is limitless. With this large telescope, we offer them the opportunity to study celestial bodies in more detail than other small telescopes traditionally used for information programs, ”Murthy said. Hindu.
“Star-watching training programs, observing astronomical momentary events, working with celestial images will increase their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between space and space. We will also ensure that students in schools and educational institutions in and around Hyderabad also benefit It was organized by the IITH Astronomical Club, ”he added.