We've got more than 20 years of Astro Imaging and research experience. Our systems are located in the very darkest areas. In fact soon the Rosman site will be certified as such! Mag 21.4 skies. Our support team has hundreds of years of collective experience managing some of the world’s most complex equipment. Including but not limited to, two large radio telescopes. We have a passion for imaging and get excited about the newest object opportunities.
We continue to study Be stars with a world class team of Astrophysicists. On a regular basis we present data from our research efforts at conferences all over the world. Our equipment includes two Planewave CDK telescopes, one mounted on an Ascension mount, ( 0.6 meter ) the other ( 0.5 meter) on a Paramount ME II. The ME II has absolute encoders for precision tracking and aiming. We use an Apogee U16M Aspen camera with adaptive optics up front, and Astrodom filters. Our focus / rotor is an IRF 90 with .001 precision. The eschell spectrograph is a Shelyak kept in a temperature controlled environment at -10 Degrees C all the time.
For those interested in Astro Imaging:
You’ll be using a Planewave 0.6 meter telescope with the higher end quartz glass ( see very bottom of page ) . This quartz glass is extremely thermodynamically stable leading to far less distortion. Additionally, we provide adaptive optics in front of the camera. The camera is an Andor Apogee Aspen GO7, 16 Mega Pixel front illuminated CCD. We usually image at a set point temp of -35 deg C year round. The Focuser is a Planewave IRF 90 rotor focuser combination providing superior stability. We have a ten position filter wheel with all Astrodom 50 mm filters. These include LRGB, Halpha, ( 5nm ), OIII, SII, U, V, B filters. All sitting atop an Ascension A200HR mount with high resolution encoders providing the maximum possible accuracy in aiming and tracking.
All data will be provided to you the following morning after staff review, via a google drive.
For those interested in research:
You’ll use a Planewave half meter telescope with a Planewave IRF 90 focuser. The telescope sits on a Paramount ME II with absolute encoders for precision tracking. The Shelyak autoguider port is behind that. The Actual fiber optic fed Shelyak eshell spectrometer is inside a temperature controlled environment that leads to exceedingly stable results. We use an Atik 460ex monochrome camera to capture the spectra. All data will be provided to you via a Google drive as soon as the session is complete. For an additional fee we can do an Audela based reduction suitable for screening your results in real time for you.