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LSST Camera takes 3,200 megapixel photos

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Eldorado

"Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park have successfully tested its digital camera that's capable of taking gigantic 3,200-megapixel photos.

"The images are made possible by 189 individual sensors spread over a two-foot wide focal plane that dwarfs a standard camera's 1.4-inch-wide imaging sensor. Each of the sensors can take 16 megapixel images. "

Full story at ZDnet: Link

At LSST: Link

SLAC Stanford: Link

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Waspie_Dwarf

The progress of digital cameras in astronomy blows my mind.

When I read the astronomy magazines now I see images, taken by amateurs with modest sized telescopes, that would have needed a large professional telescope when I started reading those same magazines more than 4 decades ago, I see details on the planets, I see nebulae and galaxies, I see images of the International Space Station so detailed that you can see the individual craft docked to it, and in one memorable case, even a space walking astronaut.

With new, enormous, telescopes being constructed and a new generation of space based telescopes that will surpass even Hubble we are living in a new golden age of astronomy.

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