Equipment Details

 

Equipment summary (2002):

bulletTwo observing locations:-
    Meade 10" LX200 on equatorial wedge or
    Meade 10" LX200 on fixed pier
bulletTelescope manual time sync using an atomic clock radio receiver
bulletJVC 308 digital video camera with remote control for zoom function (optical x1 - x10)
bulletFocal length: 2059mm  f8.1
bulletSattracker V2.3.1b software running on a Pentium III 900MHz,Windows NT 4.0 PC
bulletOptical mouse control of tracking adjustments
bulletPC time synchronisation manual using radio clock
bulletImage processing in various packages including PaintShop Pro V7, MATLAB and MATHCAD
bulletAVI file creation using DivX 5.01 codec and VirtualDub 1.4.10 

A view of the telescope & camera mounting (Note: not the actual camera used in the current setup)

Planned future enhancements:

bulletRemote video monitor camera on telescope finder to aid location of satellite during tracking
 

 


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