USNO Robotic Astrometric Telescope

URAT: First Light (Flagstaff)

URAT was shipped to Flagstaff and achieved first light there on Sept 26, 2011.

Gary Wieder (head of Instrument Shop) walking between URAT control room container and dome during installation at NOFS.

Ted Rafferty working on electrical installations during deployment.

Greg Bredthauer and Charlie Finch during the first LN2 cooldown of the URAT dewar at NOFS.

Inside the container room: a single Linux computer controls all operations, a 2nd computer serves as backup.

The filter on top is part of the "red lens" providing the amazing 9 degree diameter field of view for URAT.