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72-inch Perkins Telescope In Flagstaff, Az.

Monday, April 9, 2012 15:46
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Yep, that’s me standing next to the Perkins 72″ Telescope. For scale I’m 6’3

Over the weekend I had an opportunity to do some observing of brown dwarf stars with the 72-inch Perkins Telescope. Recently I joined a new team of grad students and post-docs at ASU – this was our first time together at the Perkins.

For me, this experience was very memorable, as it was my first experience using a “big” telescope. Interestingly enough, the experience wasn’t all that different from using my 8″ reflector on a computerized german equatorial mount. Hell, the Perkins sounded about the same as my telescope does when slewing, just a lot louder!

I plan on doing a feature-length blog post about my experience with the Perkins, but wanted to at least post this pic as a “teaser” for the upcoming post.

If you want to read more about the Perkins Telescope, visit:

Ray Sanders is a Sci-Fi geek, astronomer and blogger. Currently researching variable stars at Arizona State University, he writes for Universe Today, The Planetary Society blog, and his own blog, Dear Astronomer

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