About the Condor Array Telescope
Research, education, and public outreach
The Condor Array Telescope combines off-the-shelf, consumer-grade components with state-of-the-art computing and information technologies to create a new type of high-performance astronomical telescope.
Optimized for both low-surface-brightness and rapid-cadence observations.
Committed to implementing a broad range of educational possibilities.
Dedicated to sharing cutting-edge discoveries with a wide and diverse audience.
Condor is an array telescope made up of six 180 mm-diameter refracting telescopes—each equipped with a focal-reducing field corrector, large-format CMOS camera, motorized filter wheel, and motorized focuser—attached to a common remote-controlled mount.
- TEC 180 mm-diameter apochromatic refracting telescopes
- Astro-Physics 0.72x quad telecompressor correctors
- ZWO EFW-7x2" motorized filter wheels
- Optec TCF-Leo motorized focusers
- Optical baffles coated with Nano-Lab carbon nanotube paint
- ZWO ASI6200MM large-format cooled CMOS cameras
- Selection of Sloan and LRGB filters
- PlaneWave L-600 direct-drive mount
Condor is optimized for detecting both extended, low-surface-brightness features and point sources and is capable of efficiently imaging regions of the sky at a rapid cadence of 60 s while remaining sky-noise limited.
- Sensor format: 9576 x 6388 pixel
- Instantanesous field of view: 2.3 x 1.5 deg
- Read noise: 1.1 to 3.5 e
- Maximum full-resolution frame rate: 3.2 fps
- Plate scale: 0.86 arcsec pixel
- ADC bits: 16
- Maximum full-well capacity: 51 ke
- Peak quantum efficiency: 80%
Meet the Condor Project Team
The Condor project team is based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Stony Brook University with collaborators worldwide.
Meet the Condor Administrative Staff
We are grateful to the superb administrative staff of Stony Brook University.