The robotic observatory houses a 0.25m (10") Meade LX200-ACF f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. A 0.67x focal reducer is permanently inserted into the telescope to give a larger field of view. Imaging is carried out via a QSI 532 CCD camera with an integrated filter wheel which has H-alpha, B, V, R and I filters.
A 80mm diameter, 400mm focal length refractor is attached to the main telescope which incorporates an unfiltered (white light) Starlight Xpress Lodestar CCD which is used for autoguiding the main telescope.
|0.25m Optical Specifications|
|focal length with 0.67x focal reducer||1702mm|
|focal ratio with focal reducer||f/6.7|
|QSI 532 CCD field of view||30' 0" arcmin x 20' 43" arcmin|
|QSI 532 CCD plate scale||0.8 arcsec/pixel (binned 1x1)
1.6 arcsec/pixel (binned 2x2)
|0.25m CCD Specifications|
|Imager Size (WxH)||14.85mm x 10.26mm|
|Pixel Array (WxH)||2254x1510 total pixels,
2184x1472 active (visible)
|Pixel Size (WxH)||6.8µm x 6.8µm|
|0.25m Autoguider Finder Optical Specifications|
|Starlight Xpress Lodestar CCD field of view||55 arcmin x 41 arcmin|
|Starlight Xpress Lodestar CCD plate scale||4.4 arcsec/pixel x 4.2 arcsec/pixel (binned 1x1)|