This is a version of a suite of Uvicon television tube similar to those flown on Project Celescope. Celescope was a battery of four telescopes developed at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in the 1960s flown on the OAO II satellite to survey the entire ultraviolet sky, looking for unusually hot sources of energy. Uvicons were based upon commercial Vidicon designs, adapted for maximum sensitivity in the ultraviolet. This object is part of a suite of optical, mechanical and electronic components from Celescope. Celescope was flown on December 7, 1968 as part of the payload for the second Orbiting Astronomical Satellite (OAO II). The data from Celescope resulted in a catalog of over 5,000 ultraviolet colors for stars. This Uvicon module was manufactured by Westinghouse and was transferred to NASM from SAO in 1973.
Transferred from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory