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Celestron C14 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope

This fork-mounted 14-in telescope is an f/11 with a focal length of 3910 mm. It has manual slew with manual clamps in right ascension and declination. The original Celestron motor drives were replaced with Byers C14 retrofit drives, and both axes are equipped with motors controlled by a hand paddle for set and guide speed motions. Track rates available are sidereal, lunar, and solar. It has manual setting circles for both right ascension and declination.

A finder scope is mounted to the telescope tube. A handle is mounted at the rear of the telescope for positioning during manual moves. Do not attempt to move the telescope by grabbing the finder. This misaligns the finder and makes finding target fields much more difficult.

Original manual for C14 (.pdf)

Paramount ME Mount by Software Bisque

The Paramount ME™ Robotic Telescope System features a German equatorial mount with research-grade 11-inch right ascension gears that provide unsurpassed tracking performance.

Astronomers equipped with a Paramount ME are defining new levels of reliability, productivity and performance. Hefting up to 68 kg (150 lbs) of astronomical equipment, and designed for uninterrupted operation, the Paramount ME can be used as a remote or Internet Astronomy™ solution. Through advanced CNC construction, it is “field portable” at 29.5 kg (68 lbs). The system includes the Bisque Observatory Software Suite (TheSky6™ Professional Edition, CCDSoft™, TPoint™ with ProTrack™, Orchestrate™, and Internet Astronomy™ Software Client and Server applications) as well as the Bisque TCS™ dual-axis DC servomotor control system with USB and serial interface, and AutoHome™ start-up.

The Paramount ME is built for the digital age, featuring integrated telescope and CCD camera control, unattended start-up and automated operation, 7 arcseconds or less peak-to-peak periodic error before correction, and precision guided or unguided tracking (using TPoint and ProTrack). The result is unsurpassed image quality and observatory performance.

Chronos HD32 Mount by ChronosMount, Inc.

The Chronos uses harmonic drives instead of a worm-and-wheel or spur gear system. The Chronos harmonic drive has 320 teeth, and a third of them are engaged at any given time, unlike traditional gears where the maximum engagement is three! This means the Chronos has extremely smooth operation over the full 360º of rotation, and lacks the possibility of slipping clutches and PEC inconsistencies. Because the Chronos is clutchless, there is no backlash...none, zip, nada, zero.
The Chronos mount does not use counterweights, which means you can change your equipment while the mount is autoguiding, and it has the ability to move across the sky from horizon to horizon without doing a "meridian flip"!

 

SBIG STL-1001E Imaging CCD Camera

The STL-1001E camera and CCDOPS camera software are made by the Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG). Specifications given below are accurate for the 1001E.

Min / Max Exposure Times (sec) 0.01 / 3600
Max Counts Unbinned ~64k
Gain (electrons) 2.0

The detector in this camera is the Kodak Enhanced KAF-1001E frame-transfer CCD image sensor:

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Lhires III Spectrograph

Lhires III is a very high resolution spectrograph designed for amateur and educational astronomy. Numerous projects are within reach thanks to the technology involved in this instrument. Professional/amateur collaborations have been done with Lhires III spectrographs. More info can be found on our wiki as well.

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Apple Mac Mini control computers

The computer is an Mac Mini running Windows XP. It supports The Sky for telescope control, CCDSoft for camera control and has an internet connection for data storage.

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