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Artist Conceptions

February 2015
In this artist's rendition, the LSST primary mirror is seen through the slit of the dome at sunset. The LSST will carry out a deep, ten-year imaging survey in six broad optical bands over the main survey area of 18,000 square degrees.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
February 2015
The LSST camera has 63-cm diameter focal place and 3.2 billion pixels of 0.2 arcseconds per pixel. Six filters are available, ugrizy, with 5 in the filter wheel at any given time.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2010
A simulated night sky provides a background for the LSST facilities building on Cerro Pachón. The LSST will carry out a deep, ten-year imaging survey in six broad optical bands over the main survey area of 18,000 square degrees.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2010
The optical elements of the LSST appear suspended over the coplanar primary/tertiary mirror. The secondary mirror, camera lenses and filters are also visible.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2010
This artist's conception shows a close-up view of the LSST dome slit. The LSST will carry out a deep, ten-year imaging survey in six broad optical bands over the main survey area of 18,000 square degrees.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2010
A starry night sky provides a background for the LSST facilities building on Cerro Pachón. The LSST will carry out a deep, ten-year imaging survey in six broad optical bands over the main survey area of 18,000 square degrees.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2010
The LSST camera has 63-cm diameter focal place and 3.2 billion pixels of 0.2 arcseconds per pixel. Six filters are available, ugrizy, with 5 in the filter wheel at any given time.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2010
The optical elements of the LSST appear suspended over the coplanar primary/tertiary mirror. The secondary mirror, camera lenses and filters are also visible.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2009
The inside of the dome and the night sky provide a backdrop for this artist's conception of a close-up view of the telescope. The LSST will carry out a deep, ten-year imaging survey in six broad optical bands over the main survey area of 18,000 square degrees.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2008
This artist's conception shows the the optical elements of LSST with people superimposed for scale.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2008
This artist's conception shows the optical elements of LSST: 3 mirrors, and 3 lenses.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2008
This artist's conception shows the telescope from a vantage point on the telescope platform.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation
January 2008
This artist's conception shows a close-up view of the telescope.
Credit: 
Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation

Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.   




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