Tagged: telescope

“FAST”- World’s largest radio telescope is finally complete!

FAST radio telescope_4

We’ve been following “FAST”, the world’s largest radio telescope currently being installed in China and now there is some good news. The final piece of this telescope located in southwest of China’s Guizhou Province has been installed, which means it is complete now after five years of hard work. This telescope having 500-meter wide aperture is the size of 30 football fields and has 4,450 individual panels. Interestingly, the humongous telescope is all set to start operations in September this year. It cost the builders almost $180 million in total so far and now the telescope is going into its next stage of trials.
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Bird’s eye view of world’s largest radio telescope coming up in china [Video]

Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope FAST

China official started construction of world’s largest radio telescope back in 2009. Dubbed the FAST, the single-aperture radio telescope is scheduled to complete by 2016. Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is being built in a bowl-shaped valley in China’s Guizhou province. When complete, FAST measuring size of 30 football fields will be good to gather radio signals from tens of billions of light years away. The massively impressive telescope is made of 4,450 triangular reflectors, spanning about 36 feet on all sides.   Read More…

China starts assembling world’s biggest radio telescope “FAST”

FAST Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope

In the quest for hunting intelligent life in our universe China has taken next step to inch closer to the biggest discovery in the history of mankind. The world’s biggest telescope, Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) that has been in the making since 2011, has finally been completed and is now being assembled in the southwestern province of Guizhou. The telescope has a humungous 500 meter dish which is almost the size of 30 football fields.
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Smartphone Scope Mount transforms smartphone into a telescopic lens

Smartphone Scope Mount smartphone accessory

Your smartphone can surely click those impressive selfies and landscape photographs that push your social-networking popularity meter right up high. But when it comes to taking zoomed-in shots of wildlife, smartphone and tablets are no match for the good ol’ DSLR camera. Main reason being the ability of a DSLR to attach telescopic lenses to the main camera. Now an accessory brings the same functionality of attaching a spotting scope to any smartphone with magnet attaching system or universal clamp.
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DIY: Stargaze with the cheap yet powerful Pikon 3D printed telescope

3D printed telescope by University of Sheffiled

Those of you who are interested in astronomy, and the mystery of this galaxy never seizes to amaze you, just by looking at the seamless sea of stars up above, telescope is the best tool to have. Those who can afford to buy expensive telescopes get lucky enough to have a closer view of the celestial bodies and take some pictures. But those who can’t afford expensive telescopes can just hope to buy them some day. That is about to change as researchers at the University of Sheffiled, UK have managed to 3D print a telescope called Pikon using cheap, basic material that is accessible to anyone.
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NASA engineer is building 3D printed space cameras

3D printed space camera

NASA and its engineers have made good use of the 3D printing technology in the past. Moving further ahead, now an engineer from NASA is working on world’s first 3D printed space cameras. All set to be complete by the end of September, it is the first attempt by anyone to build an entire instrument with 3D printing according to the NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff. Funded by Goddard’s Internal Research and Development (IRAD) program, the project by Budinoff involves construction of two 3D printed devices: 50-millimeter (2-inch) camera and a 350-millimeter (14-inch) dual-channel telescope.
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