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The dishes of the BIMA array are set on a "T" shaped track, 305 meters long
in the East-West direction, and 183 meters long in the North-South direction.
For observational purposes, the dishes are set in only one of three
configurations, each affording a different resolution. Configuration A produces
the highest resolution, configuration B yields medium resolution, and
configuration C provides the lowest resolution. So, in configuration A, the
BIMA array discerns small scale features, while configuration C is better at
picking out details on the large scale.
Moving the BIMA Array's Dishes
Recently, a receiving station was installed to the north of a 183 meter-long section.
Placing an antenna at this station extends one of the tracks to 900 meters. The longer baselines in this
A+ configuration enable imaging at higher resolution.
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More technical information about BIMA's configurations can be found at the
University of Maryland's BIMA server.
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