Canon will provide technical assistance to expand the Dragonfly Telephoto Array installation. The Dragonfly Telephoto Array installation will be expanded with 120 Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM super telephoto lenses.
An international research team from Yale University and the University of Toronto (Project Dragonfly) is studying areas of low surface brightness of the Universe to find out the nature of dark matter, trying to use the concept of distributed telescopes working as a single mechanism. The goal is to create images that will deepen our understanding of galaxy formation and provide clues to theories related to the nature of dark matter.
The Dragonfly project was commissioned in 2013 and is housed at an observatory in New Mexico. Since then, the project has been able to identify a galaxy that lacks dark matter, called NGC 1052-DF2. The lenses provided contain an anti-glare coating designed to mitigate the effects of light scattering.