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1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

Diffraction Limited CCD Kameras

Aluma CCD 695 a

Our most popular camera, the SBIG Aluma AC4040 is a large format Scientific CMOS camera, featuring a 16.8 megapixel sensor with 9 micron pixels.  The camera is compatible with the StarChaser SC-4 Guider and optional AO-X Adaptive Optics accessories.

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Astrodon Filters

Astrodon Narrowband filters set a new bar of performance and durability for imaging and research. The narrow 5 and 3 nm bandwidths enhance contrast of emission targets by lowering your background signal. 

Astrodon Filters

Optolong Filters

Optolong filter adopts precision coating based on Ion-assisted deposition coating technology for durability and resistance to scratching, as well as stability on CWL(central wavelength) no deviation affected by temperature change.

Optolong Filters

SBIG Filterwheels

SBIG FW7-STX Filterwheel

stx fw51 25 1The SBIG FW7-STX is a 7-Position, 50mm square filter wheel.  Supports:

  • Aluma AC4040
  • Aluma AC2020
  • STX Series

The SBIG FW7-STX is a 7-Position, 50mm square filter wheel for STX, Aluma AC4040, and Aluma AC2020 cameras. Works with the STX Guider or SBIG StarChaser SC-4 Off-Axis Guider Camera for self-guiding with the sensor in front of the filter wheel. Can also be used with an STL camera, using an ACC10 Adapter. We recommend 2mm thick,  50mm x 50mm square unmounted filters. It is possible to install 3mm filters if you do not fully tighten the carousel filter retainer screws. Thin 1mm filters are not recommended, and will require shims, not available from us.
Please note that this wheel is not compatible with Aluma AC455.

 

50mm Round or Square Optical Filters

Filter SBIG

  • LRGB Package
  • Narrowband Package HA+SII+OIII
  • Deep Sky Package LRGB+HA+SII+OIII
  • Clear
  • Luminance
  • RED
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Hydrogen Alpha
  • Sulphur II
  • Oxygen III
Computer Interface

I2C

OS Compatibility

Windows 32 and 64 bit OS, Mac

Weight

4.4 lbs

Filter Size

50mm Square

 

User’s Manual

Installation, and operation instructions for FW5/FW7-STX Filter Wheels.

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Backfocus Table

Backfocus configuration table

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APM Professional Telescopes

1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

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