A modern use of optical telescopes is to create a network of optical systems with large field of view for surveying and tracking space debris population. This optical ground station is optimized for GEO and MEO survey operations and the imaging train, composed of cameras and filter wheels with filters for BVRI, H-alpha and OIII bands, are able to study potential different object’s albedos.
BINO-SSA dual telescope with large FoV and dome - main features:
- Dual telescope with fast optics and large corrected field of view - Large aperture and high load capacity ESATTO robotic focusers - Dual cooled camera - Dual motorized filter wheel with BVRI, H-alpha and OIII filters - Fast slewing mount with high precision and load capacity - Equatorial pier - EAGLE control unit to remotely control and power all the devices - Off axis clamp allows to regulate the field of view of the secondary telescope with 2 positions: parallel and offset - Fully opening dome
The 4° x 2.3° field of view is customisable and it is obtained with a special clamp allowing the installation of a secondary telescope with an offset in respect to the primary, creating a configuration that is optimized for broad sky coverage. The special clamp also allows the installation of the 2 systems in parallel: this way making it possible to increase the signal to noise ratio when using narrowband filters.
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Astronomical observatories are often installed in remote and isolated places to avoid light pollution. In this article we will see how EAGLE helps control the remote observatory starting from the example of the Fiemme Astronomy Association that has an important astronomical observatory in Tesero (TN - Italy). The amateur astronomers in Fiemme Astronomy Association conduct global outreach by showing the beauty of the night sky to those vacationing in nearby hotels, visiting from all around the world! In order to do all of these, they have a large 50cm diameter Ritchey-Chretien telescope, together with a 18 cm diameter apochromatic refractor in parallel. All the telescopes are installed on a large fork equatorial mount.
Cable management in an astrophotography telescope is very difficult as it is necessary to use many devices (mount, camera, autoguider, electronic focuser, motorized filter wheel, etc.) that require data and power cables. If you connect all of these devices to a standard external computer, when the telescope moves, cables may pull or disconnect. Instead, by using the EAGLE, you can simplify cable management: you will need less and shorter cables that will move together with your telescope. In this article we'll also compare cable management in telescopes with or without the EAGLE.