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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Remote Robotic Telescope Update - June 2016

Hello, all! A quick post on the state of Insight Observatory's robotic telescope project. For those of you "in the dark" (ha!) here is a short recap: ever since the beginning of Insight Observatory, we have had plans to set up and run a robotic telescope for use on IO sponsored projects. We have the majority of items needed to fulfill this endeavor and are continuously looking for means to complete the acquisition of the remaining equipment so the project can finally be realized.

As of June 2016 we possess the following items:
  • Dream Telescope 16" f/3.75 Astrograph: The telescope itself which provides a fast optical system and coverage of large CCD imaging sensors
  • Software Bisque Paramount ME: This type of mount has been widely used for robotic telescopes for years, so we know we have a battle-proven solution
  • Astrodon MMOAG: Off-axis guider for guiding the Paramount
  • HP Server: Need a computer to run all this stuff!
What is needed to complete the project? Here's a breakdown:
Image of Finger Lakes Instruments (FLI) ProlinePL 16803 Imaging Camera
Image of Starlight Express Ultrastar Guiding Camera
  • Finger Lakes 10 Position Filter Wheel: This will hold the imaging filters
Image of Finger Lakes 10 Position Filter Wheel
  • Filters: We will need LRGB filters at first, and then later will acquire other types (Hydrogen Alpha, photometric, etc) when funds become available
Of course. let's not forget that we need a place to host this telescope! Last year we had some discussions with SkyPi and found them to be excellent people to work with, so we hope to be able to use them when it comes time to get our scope setup and hosted.

That's all, for now, folks, keep your eye on this site for further updates!

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