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Ed

Fun with Domes (PART 1)

posted by Ed on 10 April 2014

Over the last week or so I have been doing some investigating into the algorithms that control the positioning of the dome throughout the night. It has been a long journey full of pitfalls and surprises but it might be leading to better dome positioning from now on.
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Ed

Some thoughts on schedulers

posted by Ed on 7 April 2014

Over the years we have had many people present their views on how the telescope's scheduling system isn't working fairly. It's an interesting point for discussion so here I want to share my two cents on scheduling systems and how they work.

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Chris

Fixed problem with job synchronisation

posted by Chris on 28 March 2014

If you have submitted any jobs over the last few days you might have noticed that some were getting stuck with a status of "New, allocated".

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Dan

Maintenance Trip Feb 2014 Part 2: More snow.. and a drive around the Observatory

posted by Dan on 24 March 2014

This blog post is going to be a bit of a cheat as I haven't had time to prepare something more substantial. This week I've got some videos for you. On the last trip we filmed the whole of our commute up the mountain in the snowy conditions. I have made a couple of short clips which I hope you all enjoy.
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Dan

Maintenance Trip Feb 2014 Part 1: Ice, snow and operating the telescope

posted by Dan on 11 March 2014

We have now returned to the UK from our first maintenance trip of 2014. The maintenance trip will be memorable for us for a number of reasons. A lot happened on the trip so instead of a single round up post, I will spread the news over a number of posts in the coming weeks.
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Ed

Object of the Month: NGC 2903

posted by Ed on 3 March 2014

There are a few galaxies around the skies of the Northern Hemisphere which Charles Messier somehow missed when he was compiling his famous Messier Catalogue. One of these is the galaxy NGC 2903. Discovered by William Herschel 15 years later, this bright spiral galaxy has an unusual textured core.

Clear image of the galaxy (cropped)

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Ed

Happy Valentines Day

posted by Ed on 14 February 2014

What better way to show your affection to your nearest and dearest than with a personal image of IC1805?

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Ed

A survey of Galaxies

posted by Ed on 5 February 2014

Galaxies can be very beautiful objects to image. They are all unique, can often have very intricate spirals, and don't take much work to get a good picture of. The tricky part is knowing which galaxies to take images of, as there certainly are a lot! Over the past 18 months I have been taking images of some promising galaxies and here I present the results of that endeavour.
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Chris

A crafty plan to get back online... (ish)

posted by Chris on 18 January 2014

A crafty plan to get back online...

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Dan

BRT Observatory Link Down.. Update

posted by Dan on 13 December 2013

This morning we were greeted with further network failures affecting the IAC weather station and their on site web cameras, however as the day have progressed we have seen a number of systems coming back on-line.
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