Well here it is – one hour’s worth of data taken with the two M26C cameras on the New Forest Observatory mini-WASP array.  Still lots to be done before it’s properly tuned in – but I’m pretty close now.  As I was finishing this off at 3:00 a.m. this morning I might well be writing a load of rubbish here – but I’ll carry on all the same.  Note this is just 6 x 10-minute subs from each camera – now try and imagine my usual 8-hours plus with the Sky 90.  I’ve left all the hot pixels in the background as I didn’t have the dither function running last night – but I’ll try to have that going on the second outing.  The collimation for camera 1 (the top half of the image) is spot on – the collimation for camera 2 (the bottom half of the image) is off a little and needs to be tweaked just a bit (lousy stars bottom right hand corner).  However – the field of view is as you can see MASSIVE (there’s M29 sitting at the bottom of the frame, check out the FOV on your favourite planetarium program) – and the M26C cameras really seem to be delivering the goods with only a single hour’s worth of data!!  Well done Terry Platt.

As it looks like it might be clear again tonight I’m off to bed for a couple of hours.

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3 Responses to “Momentous day today – the first (almost proper) 2-framer to come out of the mini-WASP array :)”
  1. Mick Hyde says:

    Congratulations Greg it’s a stunner already 🙂

  2. Tom How says:

    Well done – looks like you’ve got everything right: Let the data start flowing!!

  3. Greg Parker says:

    Thank you Mick – all things come ………… 🙂 🙂

    Cheers Tom – the excitement is almost too much. What will dim it of course will be our weather.

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