Lee Spitler

Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and the Australian Astronomical Observatory in Sydney, Australia

My research aims to improve our understanding of how galaxies form and evolve through cosmic times. Galaxies host all the really interesting things about the universe -- stars, dust, life, etc -- so their study can tell us a lot about the universe we live in.

I am also pursuing creative ways to view the universe using new technology. This started with my efforts to set up a southern hemisphere version of the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, a new observing system that uses off-the-shelf Canon telephoto lenses to image extremely diffuse stellar structures. You can follow our Huntsman project on Twitter and Facebook. I'm also hoping to launch a telescope with a similar design into space!


Construction of the Huntsman observatory has begun.

Over 60,000 distant galaxies for you to view in ZFOURGE data release

Mapping one of the most distant galaxies ever seen using the ZFIRE data

A fun movie made by undergrad "Spiderlings": Huntsman Eye being cleaned.

An instrument scientist's impression of the Australian Space Eye
and logos of the project partners.