The Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT) and the Messier Objects
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
Last Modification: March 8, 1998