Gemin Observatory – Adaptive Optics – Laser Guide Star

| November 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

The Gemini Observatory’s adaptive optics system cancels out the scintillation of starlight caused by the atmosphere. Here we see the laser guide star system. (File has no sound)
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  1. nhnifong says:

    Wobbly slices bouncing off a wobbly mirror that straightens them out… That a pretty good visual explanation of a complicated process. I’m impressed!

  2. Galileo3269 says:

    He didnt say “CLEAR SKIES”!!

  3. Galileo3269 says:

    Ken is a beast!!!

  4. orion54313 says:

    I’d imagine they’d be just about the same. The Goscope does have 50mm less focal length at 350mm than the 400mm Short tube. So your images on the short tube will be slightly larger assuming they come with the same eyepieces. Saturn will show as a little dot and you can just make out the rings with either scope. (I owned the GoScope) To see planets better, you might want to get something with a higher F/L, maybe a 70-90mm or better aperture with a 700-1000mm F/L scope.

  5. 2007yankees says:

    For viewing the night sky/moon/planets how would this compare to the orion Go scope 80mm

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