AAS 206th Meeting, 29 May - 2 June 2005
Session 15 Astronomical Instruments
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-6:30pm, Tuesday, 10:00am-7:00pm, May 30, 2005, Ballroom A

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[15.09] The SkyMapper Telescope and Southern Sky Survey

B. P. Schmidt, S. C. Keller, P. J. Francis, M. S. Bessell (RSAA, ANU)

The SkyMapper Telescope is a new facility to replace the Great Melbourne Telescope, destroyed in the bushfires of 18 Jan 2003. This 1.3m telescope will have an 8 sq degree FOV at a scale of 30 microns per arcsecond, UV-transmissive optics, and be equipped with a 268 million pixel CCD mosaic camera. First light is scheduled for September 2006, with regular operations to commence in January 2007. The telescope will spend 75% of its time undertaking a 6-epoch, 6-band, imaging survey of the 20000 sq-degrees south of declination 0. Known as the "Southern Sky Survey", this program will observe in the Stromgren u, DDO-38, and Sloan g,r,i,z bands, and will cover timescales ranging from hours to years. In addition, a "5-second survey" will be taken under photometric conditions to provide a 6-colour photometric calibration of the southern sky between magnitudes 8 and 15. All photometric information and images will be publically available without proprietary period via a web-accessible database.

This work is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Australian Research Council, and through funding by the Australian National University.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: brian@mso.anu.edu.au

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