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.

Research

Optimized for both low-surface-brightness and rapid-cadence observations.

Education

Committed to implementing a broad range of educational possibilities.

Public outreach

Dedicated to sharing cutting-edge discoveries with a wide and diverse audience.

Configuration

The telescope is constructed using off-the-shelf, consumer-grade components.

ZWO ASI6200MM

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

Performance

The telescope is designed to carry out low-surface-brightness and rapid-cadence observations.

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 pixel2
  • Instantanesous field of view: 2.3 x 1.5 deg2
  • Read noise: 1.1 to 3.5 e-
  • Maximum full-resolution frame rate: 3.2 fps
  • Plate scale: 0.86 arcsec pixel-1
  • ADC bits: 16
  • Maximum full-well capacity: 51 ke-
  • Peak quantum efficiency: 80%
Airy disk

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.

Kenneth M. Lanzetta Professor Stony Brook University

Kenneth M. Lanzetta


Stefan Gromoll Scientific Software Consultant Stony Brook University

Stefan Gromoll


Stephen Berg Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Stephen Berg


Eric Chen Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Eric Chen


John Green Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

John Green


Hayley Levine Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Hayley Levine


Daniel Oszust Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Daniel Oszust


Michael Smith Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Michael Smith


Zachary Stone Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Zachary Stone


Jonathan Tekverk Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Jonathan Tekverk


Andrew Teresky Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Andrew Teresky


Tobias Weiss Undergraduate Student Stony Brook University

Tobias Weiss


Meet the Condor Administrative Staff

We are grateful to the superb administrative staff of Stony Brook University.

Physics and Astronomy Stony Brook University

Richard Berscak

Research Foundation Purchasing Stony Brook University

Nancy Dipol

Research Compliance Stony Brook University

Susan Gasparo

Physics and Astronomy Stony Brook University

Victoria Grove

Grants Management Stony Brook University

Doreen Nicholas

Sponsored Programs Stony Brook University

Celeste Radgowski

Research Foundation Purchasing Stony Brook University

Teri Sentowski

National Science Foundation

The Condor Array Telescope gratefully acknowledges funding from the National Science Foundation.

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El Sauce Observatory, Chile

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