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Fraser
2010-Jun-08, 11:00 PM
Great shot of the Tarantula nebula!A new robotic telescope dedicated primarily to hunting for extra solar planets has opened its eyes. Although its first light image is of a nebula, the TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile will focus on detecting and characterizing planets located [...]

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BigDon
2010-Jun-08, 11:31 PM
What is a cometary filter exactly? A quick google wasn't very helpful.

01101001
2010-Jun-09, 12:41 AM
Trappist website: Instrumentation (http://arachnos.astro.ulg.ac.be/Sci/Trappist/Trappist_main/Equipment.html):


Filters (wheel 2): set of Hale-Bopp cometary filters (NASA): OH, NH, CN, UC, CO+, C3, C2, GC, RC

More there, but the text is not copy-paste friendly. Nor amateur friendly. Jargon. Abbreviations. Unfathomable terseness.

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