Main telescope

The main telescope of the observatory is a 0.2m Celestron CPC 800 on AltAz fork computerised mount staying on a robust home-made equatorial wedge. Sometimes in paralel on this instrument there is a 70/700 Skywatcher achromat telescope used for pointing. Also for fast alignment a laser and a reddot are mounted on the main scope.

On the main telescope an Atik 383L+ CCD is mounted in most cases. The pointing telescope use an old Celestron Nexstar camera. The Atik CCD replaced the previous Canon 1100D which was the main camera for a couple of years. The Canon is still available as backup camera.

Of course all this setup is connected to the observatory computer and can be remotely controlled and used. I use Nexstar Remote and Cartes du Ciel software for controling the telescope. For the cameras I use the CCD Ciel capture software and for Canon the default Canon software .

Through the Atik CCD setup I can image fields having about 32×24 arcminutes with a resolution of 0.54 arcsecond per pixel. The curent limit magnitude of the setup is up to 17 mag.

Through the Canon setup I can image fields having about 30×24 arcminutes with a resolution of 0.51 arcsecond per pixel. The curent limit magnitude of the setup is up to 16 magnitude.IMG_1915.JPG

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