Construction of the second SuperWASP observatory, located at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) near Sutherland in South Africa,
is now complete and science observations have
started in earnest.
SAAO (SuperWASP-South to the left, SALT on far right)
Following many months of construction by members
of the Keele Astrophysics Group, work on SuperWASP-South is now
complete and the observatory is collecting data. The
observatory is now running in full robotic mode, carefully
supervised over the web from the UK, with on-site support from the
ever helpful SAAO staff.
To see the live status of SW-S click here:
The observatory will operate all year round, an advantage of this
site, and we hope to release our first results by the end of the
Click below for larger images.
To see a time-lapse movie of SW-S observing over two days
(10MB) (PFLM/DRA Keele Univ.)
For more images see the SuperWASP-South Gallery by clicking here
First light Images
SuperWASP First light image of Crux
(the Southern Cross)
Crux taken using SuperWASP lens and Canon 350D (8MP CMOS)
The top left picture shows one of the first images taken by the SuperWASP-South observatory located in Sutherland, South Africa. The image shows one of the most
famous constellations in the Southern hemisphere, Crux, also known as the Southern Cross. Crux consists of 4 stars, the brightest of which is a double star called Acrux to
the far left. Parts of the coal sack nebula are also visible towards the bottom left.
The image is a processed composite of several exposures taken with one of the 4 cameras currently installed at the south observatory. (The variations in the background
level are caused by thermal noise that will disappear when the cameras are fully operational).
The second image also shows the Southern Cross but was taken on a
Canon 350 digital camera (8 mega pixels at ISO1600) using one of the
Images were taken in August 2005 by PFLM and DW.