Meet this world’s largest camera christened as the “Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)” which has been regarded as the bastion of advanced technology due to its incredible photography skills. The camera has been embedded with 3200 megapixels, which can easily capture wide-ranging images of the universe. Not to mention, the focal plane of the camera is made up of 189 sensors embedded within its CCDs, and each CCD is composed of many more pixels than those used in an iPhone. It should be noted that this gigantic camera resembles the size of a small SUV and is in the final stages of its completion at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California.
Coupled with this, the lens of this LSST camera is the size of about five feet and is capable of capturing digital images of the southern sky from the “Rubin Observatory”. You would be amazed to know that the camera can take images with attention to detail and will focus on a huge number of stars and galaxies in the sky that haven’t been captured by any camera before. However, it should be noted that, as the camera is not yet composed fully due to it being in the final stages of manufacturing, all of the parts have been placed together for packing up the end product.
In addition to this, different renowned photographers have been called to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to see this masterpiece in the form of a “huge photogenic structure” for the first time. However, it has been written on the camera’s website that, “The Rubin Observatory LSST Camera is the largest digital camera ever constructed. At about 5.5 feet (1.65 meters) by 9.8 feet (3 meters), it’s roughly the size of a small car and weighs almost 6200 lbs (2800 kg)”. If we talk about the working of this camera, then it is designed to convert the reflected images of objects into electrical signals, which are then transformed into digital images.
To that end, one of the important points to note is that the final touch will be given to the camera in the form of the installation of an updated refrigeration system, and it will then be transferred to Chile in May 2023 for final tests. Once completed, the camera will then be put into scientific use, and as Steven Kahn, who is the SLAC’s director of the observatory, said, “This achievement is among the most significant of the entire Rubin Observatory Project. The completion of the LSST Camera focal plane and its successful tests is a huge victory by the camera team that will enable Rubin Observatory to deliver next-generation astronomical science. “