Parameters of the NASA Orbital Debris Observatory

Observatory Site:

Longitude = 105 43' 59" W (105.733 d)
Latitude = 32 58' 43.5" N (32.979 d)
Altitude (MSL)= 2772 M (9094')
g = 978838.4 mgals

Telescopes:

3.0 meter Liquid Mercury Telescope

Performance!
Mirror Diameter = 3 meters
EFL = 5.177 m
EF Ratio = 1.725
CCD Array Sizes = 1024x1024 (24um) and 2048 x 2048 pix (24 um)
Field of View = 0.27 deg (16 arcmin) and 0.54 deg (32.5 arcmin)
Exposure = 78 sec  (1K) and 156 seconds (2K CCD)
Host Computer = SUN Ultra 5

0.3-meter Schmidt Camera
(Observes Orbital Objects Near GEO)

Mirror Diameter = 0.32 meters
F Ratio = 1.3
CCD Array Size = 384 x 576 pix
Field of View = 1.5 x 2.2 degrees

 


NASA Orbital Debris Observatory

Background image of NGC 3424 and 3430 acquired with the NASA-LMT  (w/ 1K CCD)