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Dan

Sumer Maintenance Trip 2013 Update

posted by Dan on 27 June 2013

So far the summer maintenance trip has been very busy for me, so I've not had a great deal of time to blog about my work.. but today I am going to make some time.

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Dan

Summer Maintenance Trip 2013

posted by Dan on 19 June 2013

As I write this post we are flying parallel to the coast of Africa, heading to Tenerife for the summer maintenance visit.
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Sarah

BRT: Making a difference in schools

posted by Sarah on 30 May 2013

A number of our users have asked us about what the telescope does when it’s not taking pictures for our subscribers. Although a big part of our mission is making a professional telescope available to amateur astronomers who wouldn't normally have access to one, the telescope was initially built as a resource for schools and we dedicate a significant proportion of our observing time to schoolchildren.

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Dan

Telescope pointing update

posted by Dan on 24 May 2013

I have made progress towards resolving the telescope pointing issue on a number of fronts over the past week.
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Sarah

Object of the Month: Eagle Nebula (Messier 16)

posted by Sarah on 23 May 2013

Messier 16, or the Eagle Nebula, was made famous in 1995 by the Hubble Space Telescope's Pillars of Creation photograph, showing the great towering columns of gas and the star formation within them. Now is the perfect time to have a go at your own version with the nebula in the ideal position for observing for the next few weeks.

Combined BVR and H-Alpha photo from the BRT

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Dan

Webcam failures.. Resolved!

posted by Dan on 15 May 2013

We this assistance of the IAC maintenance team we have been able to bring the webcams back online.
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Dan

Telescope pointing

posted by Dan on 13 May 2013

As a result of the recent poor pointing performance of the telescope I have been experimenting with the use of plate solving to monitor the pointing performace.

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Dan

Cloud detection

posted by Dan on 13 May 2013

The current problems with the web cam systems are affecting the operation of the cloud detection used by the weather station.

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Dan

Webcam failures

posted by Dan on 13 May 2013

We are currently experiencing problems with a number of webcams at the observatory. The cameras off line are Road cam, Teide cam, Dome cam, Pier cam, Pole star cam, Teide star cam, and Puerto cam.
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Dan

Observatorio del Teide open doors day 2013

posted by Dan on 13 May 2013

The dates for the 2013 Observatorio del Teide open doors days are the 21st and 22nd of June.






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