Aluminising the Anglo-Australian Telescope



A single of the most important “secret rituals” of an astronomical observatory is the aluminising of the telescope’s mirror. The four-metre most important mirror of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) is a enormous chunk of finely polished glass-ceramic that has been coated with a skinny layer of aluminium to create the reflective surface.

About time, the surface of the mirror collects dust and dust from the air, and from birds and bats traveling, at times leaving a dropping or two!

So the moment a year, the professionals at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) eliminate the 16 tonne mirror from the telescope’s guidance framework and put together the mirror for aluminising. First, they strip off the outdated reflective coating, then put together and polish the glass surface, and lastly safe the mirror inside the huge vacuum chamber metal tank for aluminising.

The easy glass surface is covered with a few grams of aluminium, distribute out in a layer only a hundred atoms thick.

For the limited (three moment) TRAILER to this video clip, check out Below: http://youtu.be/iGVNkCLhG1c

For extra details, check out: https://www.aao.gov.au/public/video clip/Aluminising-limited

Producing of the Movie

The footage for this film was shot on site at the Anglo-Australian Telescope employing a Canon 5D Mark III and 6D by Andy Environmentally friendly. The aerial footage of the Anglo-Australian Telescope constructing was filmed by Peter Poulos of iTelescope. Some supplemental archive footage of the telescope was filmed by Fred Kamphues and night sky sequences had been obtained by AAO/MQ Astronomer Angel Lopez-Sanchez. The audio was carried out by the Czech Nationwide Symphony Orchestra. The pieces are “Peer Gynt Suite No. one, Op. forty six – IV. In the Corridor Of The Mountain King” composed by Edvard Grieg and “In The Steppes of Central Asia” composed by Alexander Borodin. The teaser edition also includes “The Planets, Op. 32 – IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” composed by Gustav Holst and carried out by the Skidmore College Orchestra. All audio is public area, courtesy of Musopen.


Post time: Oct-25-2016