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The JCMT

The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. With a diameter of 15m the JCMT is the largest telescope in the world designed specifically to operate at submillimetre wavelengths.
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SCUBA-2 on the JCMT

SCUBA-2 mounted on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. The instrument weighs 4.5 tonnes and is 3 m high. The massive blue box contains the camera and keeps it cold at only 0.1 degrees C above absolute zero (-273 degrees C). Submillimetre light from the telescope enters through a small window on the left-hand side (behind the white bars) and is directed onto the two sets of detectors.
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UKIRT

The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope is situtaed near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. It is the largest telescope in the northern hemisphere dedicated solely to infrared astronomy.
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Inside the dome at UKIRT.

The long black tube is WFCAM (Wide-angle field camera) which dedicates its time to the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). UKDISS data was published in a record number of 96 scientific papers in 2011.
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Contact: JAC outreach. Updated: Wed Apr 18 16:47:07 HST 2012

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