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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Explore score
- 0.08 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Apr 29, 2012
- Date taken
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 I...
Canon Rebel T2i
- astrophotography, environmental, indoor, nature
Sunspot, New Mexico (elevation: 2804m) is home to the 76cm Dunn Solar Telescope. The telescope extends 40 meters above ground and another 60 meters below, and the entire optical path is in a vacuum. You can see my exterior gigapan of the telescope here:
The telescope was named after solar astromomer Richard Dunn and is part of the National Solar Observatory. A self-guided walking tour provides access to the interior of several telescopes including the observation platform of the Dunn telescope.
As you can see in the gigapan, visitors are allowed to walk around the exterior of the viewing platform even during live observation. During this trip I quietly snapped photos in the near-darkness while technicians observed a particular sunspot.