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Flux (light) Collector

90 cm (36 inch)

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Index:

Summary; History; Current; Technical; Sources; Links; Gallery:

In brief

Important  Contributions:

Description:

  • First fully automated telescope in South Africa. (What we today call Go To Telescopes.)

Historical Background

Owners:
Leiden Observatory.

Where  Located:

  • Leiden  Southern Station, Hartebeespoort: 1957 – 1978.
  • European Southern Observatory (ESO) at La Silla, Chile: 1978 – ?

Current  Information

Present  Location:

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Technical  Details

Type: Cassegrain Reflector
Aperture: 36 inch (91.4 cm)
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  • Fitted with a simultaneous operating five colour spectrometer.

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Sources

Documentation:

Pictorial  Sources:

  • Moore, P. & Collins, P., Astronomy in Southern Africa, p.110.

Bibliography:

  • Moore,  P. & Collins, P., Astronomy in Southern Africa, pp.108 – 109. (General S

Gallery

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The 36 inch Flux-collector telescopewith Patrick Moore at Leiden Southern Station, Hartebeespoort.
Photo Credit: Pete Collins. Source: Moore

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Prof Theo Walraven with the Flux Light Collector.

Source: MNASSA

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Close up of the Telescope.

Source: A.S.S.A. Archives: Peter Smits Collection

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Mrs Walraven at the controls console of the 0.9m Flux-Collector.
Source: A.S.S.A. Archives: Peter Smits Collection

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Flux Collector Building.
Source: A.S.S.A. Archives: Peter Smits Collection