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View on ABRIXAS's uncovered composed eye

View on ABRIXAS's seven uncovered X-ray telescopes mounted with a respective angle of 7.25° like a composed eye, each possessing a field of view of 40'. In spite of its compact construction ABRIXAS receives thus an overall field of view which is comparable to that of its bigger brother ROSAT and necessary for an all-sky survey. The 27 single mirror shells of the telescope modules are clearly seen. With focal lengths of 160 cm they are rather short for an X-ray telescope laid out for photon energies from 0.5 keV to 10 keV. The photo was taken by Carl Zeiss, the manufacturer of the telecope.

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Photo: Courtesy of Carl Zeiss
ABRIXAS - A Broad-Band Imaging X-ray All-Sky Survey
Images from the X-ray satellite ABRIXAS · All rights reserved:
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The ABRIXAS project is managed by the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Germany on behalf of the Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie (BMBF).


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