1.5m telescope with laser, Starfire Optical Range

1.5m telescope with laser, Starfire Optical Range

R110/0224 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 28.0MB

Downloadable file size: 1.6MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Starfire laser beam. Time-exposure image of a copper vapour laser beam (green) being projected by a 1.5-metre telescope at the Starfire Optical Range (SOR). Each star is creating light trail, as have the lights of an aircraft (top right to lower left). This laser creates an artificial 'star' in the upper atmosphere, within the field of view of the SOR's main 3.5-metre telescope. The latter detects any change in shape of the 'star' due to air turbulence, & uses a flexible adaptive optics mirror to compensate. This counters the familiar 'twinkling' of stars, and offers highly-improved image resolution. The SOR was developed by Robert Fugate and built in New Mexico, USA.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: adaptive optics, aircraft trail, astronomy, astrophysics, laser, optical telescope, starfire, starfire beam, starfire telescope, telescope, time exposure

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.