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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.

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Observatory Telescopes

Big prime focus telescopes for private or public observatories including installation and full service.

Robotic / Remote

Robotic instruments for automatic imaging or telescopes for remote observation.

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Shown with optional 90mm Shutter

The Kepler DC23084 offers an outstanding combination of high quantum efficiency, large dynamic range, deep full well capacity, excellent cooling and large imaging area.

Sensor Type Back Illuminated CCD
Sensor Teledyne e2v CCD230-84-1-145 (MB)
Active Pixels 4096 x 4096
Pixel Size (microns) 15 x 15 µm
Imaging Area (Diagonal) 61.4 X 61.4 mm (86.8 mm)
Full Well Capacity 150000 electrons
Typical Readout Noise 15e- RMS at 500 kHz; 26e- at 2 MHz
Dynamic Range 79.7 dB
Anti-Blooming None
Cooling Method Air and Liquid (see Note 1)
Max. Cooling (Air) 60°C below ambient
Temperature Stability 0.1°C
Dark Current (typical) 0.1 eps at -30C
Interface USB 3.0
Data Bit Depth 16 bit
Non-Linearity <1%
Channels User Selectable 1 or 4
Optional Shutter 90mm
Subarray Readout Standard
External Trigger In/Out Standard
SDK / Software Kepler SDK / FLI Pilot
Weight 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Recommended Lens Medium Format 6x7
Note 1: Liquid circulation connectors sold separately.

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Front Illuminated Cameras

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KL6060 250

 

kl400

KL4040 250 with shatter

KL6060 250

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KL400 FI
2K x 2K, 11µ
  KL4040FI:
4K x 4K, 9µ
 KL6060 FI:
6K x 6K, 10µ
   KL400 BI
2K x 2K, 11µ
 KL4040 BI
4K x 4K 9µ
 KL6060 BI
6K x 6K with 10µ
 DC23084 CCD
4K x 4K, 15µ
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100.000.000 Pixel

Excellent image quality
The ASI461MM Pro cooled is equipped with a state-of-the-art monochrome sensor that gives you incredibly detailed images. Thanks to the cooling technology, image noise and thermal noise remain at a minimum, so your images are crisp and contrasty.

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Big sensor, more sky:

With a sensor diameter of 55 mm, you capture a larger area of the night sky, bringing more stars, galaxies and nebulae into your shots.

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Projects & News

  • Remote telescope in use

    Our project near Munich. 600mm RC tube on a DDM100 mount. As observation platform a dome from Astroshell with 3m diameter. The complete system is designed as a remote telescope.
  • CMOS Cameras from FLI

    Kepler is FLI’s new series of cooled cameras, providing high throughput, high dynamic range, high quantum efficiency, and low noise. FLI began shipping the Kepler KL400 and KL4040 cameras in 2018. Both models feature a high quantum efficiency, low-noise, high frame-rate cooled sCMOS sensor. The KL400 is one of the most sensitive cameras in existence (1.5 e- read noise, 95% QE). The KL4040 is a high QE front illuminated camera with a generous 52mm imaging diagonal. KL6060s feature a 37.7 megapixel, 87mm diagonal sensor, available front or back illuminated. For customer convenience, Kepler’s shutter, fans, and digital board have all been designed to be user-replaceable. Camera firmware is field-programmable from anywhere in the world.
  • Astroshell Domes

    The Clamshell dome is the preferred observatory dome for LASER COMMUNICATION and BIG-APERTURE telescopes. It is not necessary to synchronize the telescope with the dome. Both "shutters" can be moved and positioned independently to allow wind shading of the optical group. All of our domes are equipped with rugged belt drive systems powered by high performance DC or AC motors and feature industrial grade gears. If you need fast dome opening, we offer a special fast opening shutter drive system. Built up individually or in combined with the SRQ-200 DIMM station, our clamshell dome is the way to go for successful astronomy! CLAMSHELL DOMES provide an unparalleled 360/180 degree field of view for an absolutely breathtaking nighttime experience. When this observatory dome opens, you are truly among the stars!
  • ASA Direct Drive Technology

    New design based on 15 years of experience with Direct Drive mounts. Ready for the most demanding applications in pointing and tracking accuracy, like laser comunication, satellite tracking and general astronomical research.

    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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