Category Archives: Observatory

Scary skies 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 12th April 2012

This was the “Close Encounters” scene over the New Forest Observatories at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 12th April 2012.  By 10:00 p.m. it had cleared to a perfect dark sky with no interfering Moon!

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Michael Hattey of Starlight Xpress brings the tested M26C down to the NFO – with Maglev fans for both cameras

Well – here’s that Starlight Xpress super customer service for you!  Michael Hattey of Starlight Xpress drove my tested M26C camera down to the New Forest Observatory today – thank you Michael.  Both M26C cameras are now back on the … Continue reading

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First Light for the mini-WASP project – the Gamma Cygni region

Just a single 2,000 second sub from one M26C camera – no processing other than brightening up so here’s the hot pixels, the polar rotation – the lot – in all its glory.  But it’s my First Light 🙂

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First Light for the mini-WASP array Saturday night and Sunday morning:

We unexpectedly got a clear patch of sky last night – and no Moon – but of course such luck has to be tempered 🙂 Started up the mini-WASP array around 10:30 p.m. and decided to start with some Polar … Continue reading

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Tom How’s Patented dome rotation system :)

Today Tom How fitted and ran a fully automated dome rotation system to the Pulsar Observatories mini-WASP dome.  You can see a video of the system in operation HERE. You will see the telescope array deliberately slewed using the joystick … Continue reading

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Blistering hot day here at the NFOs

This is the view from my study on this blistering hot Wednesday – it’s now coming up to 5:00 p.m. and it’s still too hot to do anything sensible indoors or outdoors.  Managed to fit a solid-state magnetic compass in … Continue reading

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The mini-WASP array – over 4 years now and still counting

Tom How just pointed something out to me that came as a bit of a shock.  The mini-WASP project has been over 4 years in the making – to be precise, my first NFO post on the mini-WASP array was … Continue reading

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Twin Kecks at the New Forest Observatory

On this grey, murky, rainy day I thought I’d take a picture of something bright in the garden – a pair of Keck domes now reside at the New Forest Observatory 🙂

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The New Forest Observatory “Keck” facility

This is how the twin observatories are positioned in the garden at the New Forest Observatory.

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The all Aluminium pier is fitted

Spent today (between the showers) fitting the all Aluminium pier to the concrete support base.  Contrary to what it looks like in the photo – the top of the pier is perfectly flat and horizontal.

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