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An amateur superBIT telescope?


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Having just seen the Tarantula Nebula APOD taken from the superBIT balloon telescope, I had a brief flight of fancy deliberating if the humble amateur could employ the same approach. 5 minutes on t’internet quickly dashed my hopes, hot air balloons rarely fly at night, and they are limited to altitudes of 1000-3000 ft, so most of the cloud would still be above the balloon. Also, how would you track the object? SuperBIT’s gondola uses a 3 degrees of freedom arrangement similar to  steadicam technology and smart optics to achieve <50 milliarcseconds pointing accuracy, oh well.

Having said that, I found the superBIT antennae galaxy image somewhat underwhelming, but maybe  it was just a 10 second test exposure.😉


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