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United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope. An astronomer kneels at the eyepiece of the UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST) at Siding Spring, Australia. It consists of a spherical primary mirror with a diameter of 1.8 metres and an achromatic correcting lens of 1.2 metres. Schmidt telescopes are virtually free from light aberrations and are characterised by a large observational field. UKST covers about 40 square degrees of sky. It is mainly used for systematic sky surveys. It is operated by the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
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