The Weizmann Fast Astronomical Survey Telescope (W-FAST; PI: Eran Ofek) is a system of two 57-cm Schmidt telescopes. The first telescope is constructed was commissioned and is now operational. The telescope is located in Mizpe-Ramon, Israel.
The Telescopes were designed and built in the Weizmann Institute. The telescope design provides a 23 deg2 corrected field of view on a 9x9 cm in the focal plane. Our first generation camera have a 7.5 deg2 field of view and is capable of taking 100 images per second with low read noise.
The telescope is exploring the night sky on sub-second time scales. Among the main science goals are the detection and characterization of small trans-Neptunian objects, and the study of fast stellar variability.
|Focal length||108 cm|
|1st gen camera FOV||7.5 deg2|
|Road noise||1.5 e-|
|Left: The W-FAST telescope and dome in Mizpe-Ramon. The red surface is due to the reflection of the W-FAST blue filter in the primary mirror.|
Left: The W-FAST I telescope in the Mizpe-Ramon site.
Bottom: The W-FAST dome in Mizpe-Ramon, Israel.
Left: The W-FAST I telescope during first vertical light tests in the Weimann Institute.
Bottom: Ofir Hershko connecting the W-FAST telescope to its mount.
Left: Eran Ofek inspecting the W-FAST primary mirror in its cage.
Bottom: The Weimzann and Wise observatory team installing the W-FAST I dome in Mizpe-Ramon.