Canadian observatory gets imaging upgrade

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Laval University in Quebec, Canada is upgrading the Mont-Mégantic Observatory with a control system designed by Telops improve the imaging quality of the telescope.

Telops, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Experimental Astrophysics, will design and integrate an autonomous control system that will significantly increase the imaging quality of the telescope in experiments requiring prolonged exposure of various astronomical cameras.

The innovative system will correct in real-time the misalignment of the telescope. It therefore compensates for imaging deformation due to atmospheric turbulence and thermo-mechanical deformations of the telescope while improving the performance of the precision guide system of the telescope.

'We are honoured to have been selected as supplier for such an important project. The Mont-Mégantic Observatory comprises a telescope that is among the most versatile in the world, and is used by a large number of researchers. We are very excited to contribute, with our expertise in optics, to the improvement of the Mont-Mégantic Observatory so that it is even more attractive for potential international collaborations,' commented Paul Chabot, vice president, sales and marketing at Telops.

Telops has also been awarded a contract valued at $1.6 million by US company SpecTIR for two Hyper-Cams, Telops' FTIR hyperspectral imaging product. The Telops hyperspectral sensors will be integrated by SpecTIR in a system for the US Government with a mission for standoff detection and identification of targets for data collection.

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