The HAWK-I Instrument at the VLT

The HAWK-I instrument mounted on the telescope's Nasmyth (side) port. HAWK-I is attached on Yepun, Unit Telescope number 4 of ESO's Very Large Telescope and saw First Light on the night of 31 July 2007. As the telescope tracks the celestial object under study, the entire instrument (2.2 tonnes) must rotate with great precision about its optical axis to hold the image stationary while the exposure is taken.

Credit:

ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

About the Image

Id:eso0736a
Type:Photographic
Release date:22 August 2007
Related releases:eso0736
Size:3504 x 2330 px

About the Object

Name:HAWK-I
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
• X - La Silla

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