SkyMapper is a 1.35m state-of-the-art automated wide-field survey telescope located under the dark skies of Siding Spring Observatory. The majority of SkyMapper time is taken by the SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey (see below), however, 5% of the overall observing time is available to Australian astronomers through regular Calls for Proposals. A further 20% is available to astronomers within ANU.
Contact: Christian Wolf
The UKST is a survey telescope with an aperture of 1.2 metres and a very wide-angle field of view. The UKST was recently refurbished to enable remote observations and will focus on two surveys (Taipan and FunnelWeb; see below) using the TAIPAN instrument. The TAIPAN instrument consists of a new spectrograph and the innovative 150-fibre “starbug” robotic positioning system.
Contact: Matthew Colless
ASKAP is an all-sky (decl < +30) survey radio telescope that operates with 288 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth that can be placed anywhere between 700 MHz and 1800 MHz. It consists of 36 antennas , each 12m in diameter. These antennas are fitted with phased array feeds that give the array a 30 square degree instantaneous field of view, with 15” spatial resolution. The Tsys/efficiency is roughly 75K. Most of ASKAP’s observing time is pre-allocated to large survey campaigns, but some (~25%) may be available for specific projects in conjunction with eROSITA.
Contact: Aidan Hotan
MWA is fully operational; all-sky (decl < +30) radio imaging, 80-240 MHz, ~2.5′ resolution, very large instantaneous field-of-view (30 degs), fast imaging cadence (timescale seconds) capable.
Contact: Randall Wayth
ATCA is fully operational, baselines of 30m to 6km; radio imaging (full synthesis) and spectroscopy, 1.3-105 GHz, ~8″ to ~0.1” max. angular resolution respectively.
Contact: Jamie Stevens
PARKES antenna is a fully operational dish; radio imaging (pointed and scanned), spectroscopy, high-time resolution observing (e.g. pulsars and FRBs), 0.7-22 GHz, ~23′ to ~0.7′ angular resolution respectively.
Contact: Jimi Green