The Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT) and the Messier Objects

[UIT in Orbit] The Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT) was designed for use on Space Shuttle missions. It was hitherto successfully flown twice, and has provided a considerable number of interesting images in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum, which cannot be observed from the Earth's surface because of the atmosphere. Optically, UIT is a 38-cm f/9 Ritchey-Chretien telescope.

The telescope was used to study all kinds of astronomical objects, therefore including many clusters, nebulae, and galaxies from Messier's catalog. Consequently, we have a considerable percentage of these images included in our database.


Hartmut Frommert
Christine Kronberg

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