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RE: Comment on spacecraft with multiple telescopes

Allyn Tennant writes:

> Since we are talking about spacecraft with multiple telescopes, I'd
> like to mention that I have always considered the use of the TELESCOP
> keyword to describe a spacecraft to be incorrect.  In my mind a
> spacecraft should be called an OBSERVATORY (carefully shortened to
> something that FITS would accept).  Then you could have multiple
> telescopes on a spacecraft, each with various filters and detectors.

... I think a lot of us regret the way in which TELESCOP has been adopted
    to 'mean' spacecraft/mission, from both aesthetics & practical viewpoints.
    Concerning OBSERVAT,OBSERVTY,OBSVATRY {or whatever}, I've always thought 
    SATELLIT was a pretty obvious keyword for storing the satellite name (?!)

> Of course, it's far too late to change the meaning of the TELESCOP
> keyword, but maybe someone will have a clever idea.
... Unfortunately, I'm afraid I also have to agree

... However, for interest, does anybody know how the VLA folks distinguish 
    data from individual telescopes (ie dishes) ... especially when they are 
    linked into VLBI. Assuming they make such a distinction, do they have 
	TELESCOP = 'VLA-1'   		{or whatever}
	INSTRUME = 'RECEIVER-A'		{or whatever}
    or what ??
    Furthermore, what do these radio people put as the TELESCOP/INSTRUME 
    keywords when they combine the data 
		- from different VLA dishes, ??
		- from different VLA, Westerbork, Jodrell ... etc ??!
    as I assume they do when they're constructed their final radio map.

... Unless I'm missing something, surely the 'problems' the radio people 
    must have dealing with multiple-telescope observatories must be analogous 
    with 'our' problems. You never know, they might have already a beautiful 

Ian M George