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Astrophotography and projects.

Optics

How does one grind, polish and figure telescope optics at home?

Observatory

The observatory dome, telescope mount, optical tube assembly and instrumentation.


Fine grinding 25 µm aluminium oxide

So many satellites

We humans have sent many tonnes of technology into orbit from 1957 to the present, - more than 5000 satellites. 

 

During a 4.4 hour exposure covering 6.25 square degrees of sky, many old and new satellites cross the field.

 

Photo: RW Williams, 8-9 April 2019

Time: 20.55 - 02.28 UT 

Equipment: Esprit 120 ED + Apogee U16M

Seventeen-pane mosaic, 5200 x 6500 pixels