School of Physical Sciences

Beacon Observatory finishes successful first year of observations

Posted on 5th September 2016 by Dirk Froebrich

Since its opening and the start of the regular observations in September 2015 the telescope has been used on 106 nights for a total of about 460hrs. In total about 12000 science images have been taken with a 360hrs of on sky integration time.

Data from the observatory have already supported six final year undergraduate project students. From this academic year onwards we will offer all the final year astrophysics and ASSA students the opportunity to take part in the observations if they wish to do so.

Science projects in the first year have focused on observations of asteroids and young stellar clusters.  First results from the latter have recently been presented in a talk and a poster at an international conference.

For more information about the telescope, images, and collected data, you can follow us on Facebook at The Beacon Observatory

Accompanying image:

The image is a deep BVR colour composite of the object IC1396A – also known as The Elephant Trunk Nebula. It combines about 100min of integration time in each of the three filters. A full size version is available here.

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Last Updated: 06/09/2016