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#1 Am33r

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 04:58 PM

Hey Guys

 

I am trying to bring more dedicated instruments to campus for Observation (Not Astrophotography).

 

Besides:

 

Night Time Telescope

Solar White Light

Hydrogen Alpha Telescope

Radio Telescope

Star Analyzer Camera

 

We have a laptop with software for the Radio Astronomy, and Star Analyzer; the same laptop we also use for AP.

 

Besides all that, what else would be a good station?

 

Thank you in advance


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 07:08 PM

If you have the budget for it you might consider sodium and calcium filters as well as the H alpha.

Remember that in some cases you can buy dedicated whole telescopes with the solar gear built in or you can buy solar gear that you can use with a white light refractor.

Look up airylab for some dedicated solar SCTs in apertures of 200m and more.
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Posted 26 September 2020 - 09:31 PM

Here's a link to airylabs


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 10:47 PM

One thing I've considered for my observatory is an all-sky camera to monitor meteor activity.



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 04:10 AM

If you have the budget for it you might consider sodium and calcium filters as well as the H alpha.

Remember that in some cases you can buy dedicated whole telescopes with the solar gear built in or you can buy solar gear that you can use with a white light refractor.

Look up airylab for some dedicated solar SCTs in apertures of 200m and more.

Thank you very much, I will check on the more expensive setup. I will check out the daystar Ca and Na filters.

I chose the Dedicated scopes so students don't mistakenly look through the scope without a filter, and so they don't have to install or remove filters. I


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Posted 27 September 2020 - 04:10 AM

One thing I've considered for my observatory is an all-sky camera to monitor meteor activity.

What is the Setup you use?



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:48 AM

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:53 PM

What is the Setup you use?

I'm currently converting one of my little used planetary cameras into an all-sky camera. Here is an article talking about similar endeavors:

 

https://www.skyatnig...all-sky-camera/

 

It's a low-cost project that students could work on. The alternative is more expensive COTS products like Alcor Alphea or Starlight Xpress Oculus. Monitoring software varies quite a bit. I'm going with a simple recording system that could run in the background to help verify visual observations.


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 06:45 PM

I'm currently converting one of my little used planetary cameras into an all-sky camera. Here is an article talking about similar endeavors:

 

https://www.skyatnig...all-sky-camera/

 

It's a low-cost project that students could work on. The alternative is more expensive COTS products like Alcor Alphea or Starlight Xpress Oculus. Monitoring software varies quite a bit. I'm going with a simple recording system that could run in the background to help verify visual observations.

This is awesome! Thank you.  I think I'll add one of these.



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Posted 28 September 2020 - 08:17 PM

A SSP3 UVB solid state Photometer from Optec, these units are very durable and can provide a excellent opportunity for students to learn and perform multi-band stellar photometry. Several of these units are being used by the AAVSO PEP members to monitor Beteleguse in V & B bands, this amateur collected data is being shared with professional astronomers who are currently performing research of Betelegeuse. I am a proud and active user of a SSP5 (PMT) UVB photometer with the AAVSO PEP Group.


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Posted 30 September 2020 - 03:08 PM

A SSP3 UVB solid state Photometer from Optec, these units are very durable and can provide a excellent opportunity for students to learn and perform multi-band stellar photometry. Several of these units are being used by the AAVSO PEP members to monitor Beteleguse in V & B bands, this amateur collected data is being shared with professional astronomers who are currently performing research of Betelegeuse. I am a proud and active user of a SSP5 (PMT) UVB photometer with the AAVSO PEP Group.

Wow, thank you. I have heard of these when I was in college but never saw one or knew anything about them.

 

I would have loved to be part of an experiment using one, the the SSP5 you are working on is top of the line

https://optecinc.com...og/ssp/ssp3.htm

 

Wanted to ask you if you know, is this better on a reflector or a refractor? and what is an optimal aperture?


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Posted 01 October 2020 - 01:00 AM

 

Radio Telescope

https://www.popastro...observing-2020/

 

Radio meteor observing 24/7


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Posted 01 October 2020 - 02:49 AM

https://www.popastro...observing-2020/

 

Radio meteor observing 24/7

Thank you! I appreciate thinking outside the box.

 

I put together a similar project for my students to use utilizing a dongle, check it out

 

https://www.cloudyni...ite-dish/page-2



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 02:14 PM

I forgot to mention, I did make a Ha filter for my 8" SCT a few months ago, it's almost exactly their method where I designed a Central ERF and then a Day Star Quantum filter (barlow is optional). Worked great

 

https://hackaday.io/...ct/170810-erf-x

 

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