111 – Optical Astronomy and the Large Binocular Telescope
This epsiode covers my visit at the Large Binocular Telescope near Tucson, Arizona. The episode is mostly a conversation with the telescope’s director, Richard Green. We talk about optical astronomy in general and the LBT in particular. I also talk to a scientist who is currently observing at the telescope as well as a telescope operator.
- LBT homepage
- Mount Graham
- Active Optics
- Adaptive Optics
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- Stewart Observatory Mirror Lab
- Borosilicate glass
- Refracting telescope
- Reflecting telescope
- Galileo Galilei
- Gregorian telescope
- Laser guide star
- Hubble Space Telescope
- Diffraction-limited system
- Decadal Survey
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- Light Pollution (WP)
- W. M. Keck Observatory
- Fizeau interferometer (WP)
- VLT (WP)
- ELT (WP)
- MODS Instrument Home Page
- Spectrograph (WP)
- Infrared astronomy (WP)
- Spectrum (WP)
- Collimated light (WP)/a>
- Quasar (WP)
- Hubble Imaging Spectrograph (WP)
- Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (WP)
- Big Bang (WP)
- Kitt Peak National Observatory
- LINC Nirvana
- Band-pass filter (WP)
- PEPSI Instrument
- Global warming (WP)
- Photonic Lanterns
- Extrasolar planet (WP)
- exoplanet (WP)
- Eddington luminosity (WP)
- Lambda-CDM model (WP)
- Critical density (WP)
- Dark matter (WP)
- Dark energy (WP)
- Giant Magellan Telescope
Thanks for great 180 min. and duration just OK.
I actually got a comment via twitter that said that it’s too long :-)
Thanks for another lucid interview. The detailed walk-through was amazing. All the people there really dig their job. Their high spirits gave you with an uplifting experience. You lucky duck!
Amazing episode. Definitely not to long. Captivating. Thanks.
Great podcast episode. I don’t suppose you took any pictures of the that you have uploaded anywhere?
Either way, thank you. I really enjoyed this episode.
I did take a few shots, but I am not a big photographer. At the time I uploaded them to G+, but I have no idea how to find the post now :-/
Anyway, the photos as the image gallery are much better anyway: http://www.lbto.org/observatory_images.htm
Actually, I did find the post with the pictures: https://plus.google.com/100347151288200087365/posts/3YgDQLeXxQA
Once again, a REALLY fascinating episode! 5 Stars. Congratulation and thank you for producing this and already 110 other eposodes.
Greetings from the Lake Constance
Your audience definitively does not suffer from an attention span of just 90 seconds, so 180 minutes episodes are fine. It helped me to survive a 4 hour ICE-trip during the peak Christmas-period. So thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks, for you too!
Yet another fantastic episode – Mr. Green is a wonderful interviewee and I enjoyed every minute of it.
In my opinion, the length of your podcasts can be as long as needed.
Good job Markus.
Thanks! I’ll let Richard know :-)
Duration was not a problem, not even for one sec ;-)
Another excellent episode. Please make them as long as they need to be. Length is never a problem for me.
Excellent Episode, good Job, and not one minute to long! Thanks for your effort!
thank you :-)
I heard this episode and started to read a lot about all the things I didn’t know before.
It is a lot of fun and can’t bei boring!
Thanx a lot
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Are you working in this space?