Sunday, January 4, 2009
Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope
The VATT, viewed from the LBT - Photo Credit me.
The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) is a 1.8 meter telescope located atop Mt Graham near Safford AZ. The location is aproximately 10,300 feet above mean see level.
The weekend before Christmas I was privileged to spend the night at the telescope, where we installed the new flat fielding device that I designed and built for last semester's Physics 500 research rotation. I'm happy to report that the device I built worked perfectly.
The next morning I got a tour of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). The LBT consists of a pair of 8.4 meter diameter mirrors. That's a BIG telescope.