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Telescope May Not Be The Expensive Part

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Posted by James Phillips on September 25, 2004 15:58:48 UTC

Just to lend a little credibility I have almost completed a masters degree in Electro Optics with a focus in atmospheric trubulence. You con build a scope that will do what you want with no problem, the major expenses are the tracking system and the Adaptive Optics he uses. He has a Fast Steering Mirror to remove the tip tilt aberations from the images, this accounts for around 83% of you total error in the image. I am sure (although I did not check) he also uses a very fast research grade camera to limit the other aberations. Rather than take a long exposure take many short exposures and stack them ( a free program to do this is astrostack). If you can afford the Dome, the AO and a good camera you could almost take the images through most any telescope. Hope this helps. If I can help any other way email me at jphillips97@auburnalum.org. Good Luck

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