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A fact sheet on DES and DECam. Click to read more.


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The 4 meter Blanco telescope. The green circle marks the location of the prime focus cage where DECam will be mounted. Credit: CTIO/AURA/NSF.


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Scientists build a prototype of the Dark Energy Camera, which will survey about one-tenth of the sky to measure 300 million galaxies and discover thousands of supernovae. Credit: Fermilab.


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A simulation of a photo of galaxy clusters taken by DECam. A single camera image captures an area 20 times the size of the moon as seen from Earth. Credit: DES.


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To test the design of DECam, collaboration member are building at Fermilab a two-story replica of the hardware that will mount the camera to the Blanco telescope in Chile and rotate it to take pictures of the sky. Credit: Fermilab.


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Optics for the Dark Energy Camera. Credit: DES.


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The Dark Energy Camera. Credit: DES.


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View a short time-lapse video of assembly at Fermilab of a replica front-end of the Blanco telescope in Chile on which the Dark Energy Camera will be mounted. Credit: Fermilab.


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An artist’s rendering of DECam inside the frame that will mount the camera to the Blanco telescope. DECam will have the largest optical survey power in the world. Credit: Fermilab/DES collaboration.


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An artist’s rendering of the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera. Credit: Fermilab/DES collaboration.


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The University of Bonn team displays the world's largest shutter in
front of the Schmidt telescope dome of the "Hoher List" Observatory.
Members of the team are (from left to right) Franz-Josef Willems
(mechanics) Philipp Müller (electronics design, head of the electronics
lab) Martin Polder (mechanical design, head of the workshop) Klaus Reif
(project management, head of the instrumentation group). Credit:
Argelander-Institut für Astronomie der Universität Bonn.


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DECam will have the world’s largest camera filter seen here being unpacked at Fermilab for assembly onto the camera. Credit: Fermilab.


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The Blanco telescope in Chile as seen at nighttime. Credit: T. Abbott and NOAO/AURA/NSF.


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The Blanco telescope in Chile as seen from the air. Credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF.


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The Blanco telescope in Chile. Credit: T. Abbott and NOAO/AURA/NSF.


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