DETAILS OF THE PROJECT:
Project: “ARISTARCHOS”, the new telescope of the National Observatory of Athens
Manufacturer: Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Germany
Budget: 1.745.000.000 drachmas
Funding: Operational Programs for Research and Technology II, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Development
Diameter: 2.3 meters
Mount: Altazimuth Mount
Field of view: 1.04 °
Operation: From distance, through network
Function: Automatic and pre-scheduled
The telescope of the National Observatory of Athens which is called “Aristarchos” is the largest telescope in Balkans and the second largest telescope in Continental Europe and it is located in “Neraidorachi”, which is one of the peaks of Chelmos Mountain, at an altitude of 2.340 meters.
Some characteristics of the telescope is the large field that is ideal for participation in international programs, a very good quality optics that have sharp images, controllable and programmable via the network from its headquarters in Athens Observatory or from otherAssociate Observatories in Greece or abroad, equipment with modern astronomical instruments, such as CCD cameras and spectrographs of high and intermediate resolution.
The reasons for preferring the top of Helmos for such a modern and important project of the National Observatory of Athens is that it is providing the operational infrastructure of the establishment of the ski resort where it is easy road access, power and telephone, are suffering from fotorrypanimportance of cities as the big cities behind the mountains. It is also one of the darkest parts of Europe, the telescope is above the clouds in a large percentage each year and can be observed that images are of excellent quality. Furthermore, the altitude (2340 m) Which is mounted the telescope is likely to be observed in the infrared light and searched for the existence of planets in our galaxy, stellar explosions, chemical composition, structure and dynamics of galaxies, and galaxy clusters.
The operation of the telescope is optoilektromichaniki, friendly to the environment. The installation device of background levels of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, very important for protecting the environment. It also provides meteorological data to the ski resort.
The installation of the telescope by the name of Aristarchus is educational or training students on site and through a network, or training together, such as schools, universities, cultural institutions, etc.Either for scientific and technological services of high quality educational and social organizations.
The telescope has joined the European Program “OPTICON”involving the largest and most advanced telescopes in Europe and interesting use of a telescopic lens from research institutions for scientific cooperation and research.
So far have expressed interest in scientific cooperation and support:
– University of Sheffield, UK
– University of Southampton, UK
– University of Manchester, UK
– University of Patras, Greece
– Isaak Newton Group, La Palma
– Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia
– University of Odessa, Ukrania
– University of Sofia, Bulgaria
– Astronomical Observatory of Jugoslavia
National Observatory of Athens
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