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Characterising the Impact of systematic flat-fielding errors In Huntsman telescope data

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posted on 2022-03-28, 11:41 authored by Fergus Longbottom
The Huntsman Telescope is a new facility being commissioned at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. It consists of an array of Canon telephoto lenses. In order to circumvent the systematic errors known to affect mirror based instruments, the Canon lenses act together as a single refracting telescope. They reduce the scattering of light within the optical path,which allows fainter limiting surface brightness levels to be reached. However, at these low surface brightness levels other sources of systematic error must be carefully investigated and scrutinised. In this thesis I will investigate one of the primary sources of systematic error in low surface brightness imaging, flat fielding uncertainties, and how it impacts the Huntsman Telescope.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. Methods -- 3. Flat-fielding expectations, strategy and quality control -- 4. Flat-field data characterisation -- 5. Discussion and conclusions -- Appendix -- References.


Empirical thesis. Bibliography: pages 61-64

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Department, Centre or School

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Lee Spitler


Copyright Fergus Longbottom 2019. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright




New South Wales


1 online resource (xii, 64 pages) colour illustrations

Former Identifiers

mq:70911 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1268944