Last month I reported on the good
work that is being done on the Kuhn 22" telescope.
While the telescope is operational for visual work,
there are a number of tasks that need to be completed
to bring it up to research level dependability.
Much of this work is being done by John Hoot. Minor
White is doing some of the software work, and Tom
Quinn is advising both men on various aspects of
the telescope and CCD camera. Our thanks go to all
three of these dedicated amateurs.
Cleaned the optics
Tightened the clutches (improving tracking)
Lubricated the yoke bearings
Revised the firmware in the controller (on going)
which is/will improve absolute positioning.
Improved the periodic error tracking.
The following items are on the current work list:
We are looking at what needs to
be done to the mirror. Recoating? Refiguring?
We are developing a "first
order flexure model" to the software.
Prior to beginning work on the
telescope 25-33% percent of the research images
had to be rejected because of inherit tracking problems.
Our goal is to get that down to 5%.
We are working on adding an autoguider
to the telescope. We hope to have that operational
this fall or winter.
We might create an LX-200 style
controller interface for the software. *note
Making the Kuhn Telescope a dependable
productive research grade instrument is a major
priority this year. While the telescope is already
contributing to the body of astronomical knowledge
(more than ten asteroid discoveries in the past
year), the future of OCA research will be much brighter
when we complete this telescope-refurbishing project.
I can't wait. How about you?
"The goodness of the night upon you"
Othello Act 1 Scene 2
*note an LX200 style controller
will mean that our custom built 22" Kuhn telescope
will be compatible with almost every piece of software
which supports the Meade LX200 telescope. This would
allow us to use packages such as The Sky, MaximDL,
SkyMap pro and many others to control the telescope.
Great news if I may say so. Liam Kennedy OCA Webmaster
(and LX200 owner).