IIT Hyderabad has set up its first astronomical observatory with a large telescope – Technology News, Firstpost

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The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) launched a telescope on India’s 75th Independence Day. The 14-inch telescope is on the Kandi campus.

It was written by Padmashri and Padmabhushan, Dr. BN Suresh, Chancellor and Founding Director of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

The telescope will help both amateur sky gazers and is mainly used for training programs for observing the night sky. However, it is powerful enough to aid astronomy researchers with their research-level observations as well.

Image of the lunar craters, taken with the new IITH telescope. Credit: IITH

Dr. Mayukh Pahari, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, said, “Unlike other observatories developed for the outreach program, our facility offers the ability to work with high quality astronomical images of deep sky objects as well as transient events, thus school / college students may have the opportunity to contribute to astronomical research. “

It is equipped with a huge mirror with an optical diameter of 355 mm with a focal length of 1650 mm. Such a large mirror together with a Crayford focuser and an elegant truss tube design will support astronomy.

The IITH is one of the eight new IITs established by the Indian government in 2008. This telescope is considered to be the second largest among the IITs after the IIT Kanpur.

It will enable observation of the deep sky and faint objects that could never be seen with a small telescope. From tiny craters on the lunar surface to rings of Saturn and meteor showers, this telescope will use an advanced digital camera to record these images and other astronomical phenomena.

The project is funded by Prof. BS Murty, the director of the IIT Hyderabad, and by Dr. Mayukh Pahari, Department of Physics.

“The enthusiasm and curiosity of young students about celestial objects are limitless. With this large telescope, we are giving them the ability to examine celestial objects in greater detail than other small telescopes traditionally used for outreach programs, ”Murthy told The Hindu.

“Activities such as stargazing training programs, observing astronomical transients, working with celestial images will expand their knowledge and increase their sense of human connection to space. We would also ensure that students from schools and various colleges in and around Hyderabad also get the benefits from this large telescope through various programs organized by the Astronomy Club of IITH, ”he added.

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