La Trobe Observatory commissions new telescope

Posted on June 8, 2011

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La Trobe University students are reaching for the stars with a new state-of-the art telescope just installed on the Melbourne campus at Bundoora.

Head of Physics, Associate Professor Paul Pigram, says the new telescope is the largest of its type in Melbourne’s north.

Ten times as powerful as the model it replaces, the new Takahashi 15cm refractor telescope is pre-programmed to seek out galaxies hundreds of millions of light years away.

It can view with immense detail the planets in our solar system and accurately measure the brightness of stars and where they are in their life cycle.

Located in the University’s recently refurbished Observatory, the telescope was unveiled at a meeting of the La Trobe University Astronomical Society in May.

The event was covered by a number of newspapers in Melbourne’s north, accompanied by a web-based video news report featuring an interview with lecturer in astronomy, Dr Steve Fleming.