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Observing Platform, Dunn Solar Telescope by bkaylor

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bkaylor bkaylor
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1
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0.08 Gigapixels
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464
Date added
Apr 29, 2012
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 I...

Canon Rebel T2i

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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:
www.gigapan.com/gigapans/104195
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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.
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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.
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Links:
nsosp.nso.edu/dst Will open in a new tab or window/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_B._Dunn_Solar_Telescope Will open in a new tab or window
www.nso.edu Will open in a new tab or window/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Solar_Observatory Will open in a new tab or window


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