48-inch (1.2-meter) Samuel Oschin Telescope Media

The following is a collection of media pertaining the Samuel Oschin Telescope, its optical system, as well as its dome for educational and public relations purposes—please see conditions of use. For context, please visit the telescope page linked to above as well as the architecture page. To experience an immersive virtual visit to the Samuel Oschin Telescope, please see our virtual tour page.

The Telescope

At night.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Observing.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

In moonlight.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Dome rotation.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Vertical position.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

PTF camera.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Corrector plate.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Corrector plate.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Installing ZTF camera.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

ZTF camera.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

ZTF filter.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

The SOT and ZTF.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

The 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope (2020)

Video introducing the history and science of the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope. Duration: 2:18 minutes. (Palomar/Caltech)

The Mirror

72-inch mirror.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

72-inch disk.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

After recoating.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

After recoating.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

The Dome

Dome and star trails.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Dome and Orion.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Sunset and full moon.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Sunset.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Façade.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Façade, detail.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Ventilation ports.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

North side.
(Palomar/​Caltech)

Science

The Zwicky Transient Facility (2017)

The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) opens its eyes to the volatile cosmos. Duration: 5:10 minutes. (Caltech)

HPWREN and the Palomar Transient Factory (2009)

A video on the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) and the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network. Duration: 5:25 minutes. (Palomar/​Caltech/​HPWREN/​UCSD)

Virtual Tour

This bilingual, high-resolution tour embeds relevant information, images, and video of the Samuel Oschin Telescope. We recommend viewing the virtual tour on a desktop or laptop in fullscreen mode using the icon in the control bar. While it is possible to view the tour in smaller screens (e.g., large tablets), we suggest using the "lite" version of the tour for screens narrower than 700px (e.g, smaller tablets and smartphones). The lite tour is also VR-enabled, but lacks many of the features found in the full version of the tour. Click here to load the full tour.

Oschin Telescope and Dome

Bilingual, annotated tour of the Samuel Oschin Telescope and its dome, desktop version. (Palomar/Caltech/A.Mejía)

"Lite" Virtual Tour

Bilingual, annotated tour of the Samuel Oschin Telescope and its dome, mobile version. (Palomar/Caltech/A.Mejía)

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Oschin Media / v 1.0.5
Last updated: 5 March 2021 ACM