Friday, February 22, 2013

Observatory Interior: Interactive Panorama!

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a world-class observatory looks like?

On a run at the Magellan Baade 6.5-meter observatory in Chile last year, I took a full 4π steradian spherical panorama of the dome interior using Photosynth on my iPhone. The result is the interactive, scrollable panorama below:

Below the telescope you can see two of my colleagues coming down from one of the instrument platforms; they are both well over 6' tall and make good scale references. This is a huge machine.

I will post later about some of the data we collected on that run. Spoiler: Neptune has a new friend!

Alex H. Parker

1 comment:

  1. I loved watching the morning light seep through the shutters of Baade. Thanks for posting!