Nordic Optical Telescope
|Nordic Optical Telescope|
The building of the Nordic Optical Telescope near the time of sunset.
|Location||La Palma, Canary Islands|
|Altitude||2,382 metres (7,815 ft)|
|Wavelength||Optical / infrared|
|Telescope style||Ritchey-Chretien reflector|
|Diameter||2.56 metres (101 in)|
The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) is an astronomical telescope located at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma in the Canary Islands. First light came in 1988, with regular observing beginning in 1990. It is funded by Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Finland. Access is provided to astronomers of all nationalities through international time allocation committees.
The NOT was the first major telescope facility designed to use active optics to correct the shape of a thin, lightweight primary mirror supported on actuators. The main mirror has a diameter of 2.56 metres (101 in).
- ALFOSC: CCD (visible light) faint object spectrograph and 4 Megapixel camera
- NOTCam: 1 Megapixel HgCdTe Hawaii infrared camera and spectrograph
- MOSCA: 16 Megapixel CCD camera
- SOFIN: High resolution CCD spectrograph (up to R=170000)
- StanCam: Stand-by 1 Megapixel CCD camera
- LuckyCam: High frame rate, low noise L3Vision CCD camera for lucky imaging
- TURPOL: UBVRI Photopolarimeter
- FIES: cross-dispersed high-resolution (up to R=60000) echelle spectrograph, isolated from thermal and mechanical instability.
- "Technical Details of the Telescope". Retrieved 11 December 2010.
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