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Title: 2.7-m liquid-mirror telescope.
Author: Hickson, Paul; Walker, Gordon A. H.
Issue Date: 1994
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-09-20
Publisher Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Citation: Hickson, Paul; Walker, Gordon A. H.; Borra, Ermanno F.; Cabanac, Remi. 2.7-m liquid-mirror telescope. Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, edited by Larry M. Stepp Proceedings of SPIE Volume 2199, 922, 1994. http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.176265
Abstract: An astronomical telescope employing a 2.7-meter diameter rotating liquid mercury mirror has recently begun operation at a site near Vancouver. The telescope achieves seeing-limited performance, and can detect galaxies as faint as 21st magnitude. Equipped with 2048 X 2048 pixel low-noise CCD detector, the telescope is now surveying a 20 arcmin wide strip of sky centered at +49 degree(s) declination. The CCD is operated in TDI mode, providing continuous imaging with a resolution of 0.6'/pixel and an integration time of 129 seconds. The primary scientific program of this instrument is to obtain spectral energy distributions of all objects in the survey area, by means of imaging through a series of 40 interference filters spanning the wavelength range 0.4 - 1.0 um. These data will then be used to identify and estimate redshifts for order X105 galaxies and X103 quasars. Copyright 1994 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
Affiliation: Physics and Astronomy, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/37491
Peer Review Status: Reviewed
Scholarly Level: Faculty

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