Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Lucky Camera


According to this press release from the University of Cambridge, Lucky Imaging is now taking astronomical pictures that are clearer than those produced by Hubble, and at 1/50,000th the cost.
The system uses ground-based cameras combined with inexpensive software.
“These are the sharpest images ever taken either from the ground or from space
and yet we are essentially using ‘Blue Peter’ technology. Amateur Lucky Imaging
is popular because the technique is so cheap and effective. The low cost means
that we could apply the process to telescopes all over the world.”
I wonder what would happen if you started using Lucky Imaging with pictures taken by the Hubble?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point of the software is to correct for distortion as the light travels through the atmosphere. Since the Hubble's not in the atmosphere, the this isn't an issue for it.

4:50 PM  
Blogger dubjay said...

Oh. Right. Duh.

7:49 PM  

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