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Published on Jul 30, 2012
The beauty of the night sky over the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) at Siding Spring Observatory (near Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia) is truly inspiring. The video "A 2dF night at the Anglo-Australian Telescope" is an assembly of 14 time-lapse sequences taken at the AAT. It combines more than 4000 frames obtained using a CANON EOS 600D with a 10-20mm wide-angle lens.
The video shows the most complex astronomical instrument that astronomers use at the AAT: the "Two Degree Field" (2dF) system. The main part of the 2dF system is a robot gantry which allows astronomers to position up to 400 optical fibers in any object anywhere within a "two degree field" of the sky.