United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope

United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope

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Caption: The United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope (UKST) at Siding Spring, Australia. It consists of a spherical primary mirror with a diameter of 1. 8 metres & an achromatic correcting lens of 1. 2 metres. Schmidt telescopes are virtually free from light aberrations & are characterised by a large observational field. UKST covers about 40 square degrees of sky & is mainly used for systematic sky surveys for objects such as quasars. It is operated by the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

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