n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - A Photo-Visual Instrumentation System

Volume 76 Number 11-12
  • ISSN : 0024-8266


A compact, versatile, integrated system for astronomical imaging & visual observation in the field or the observatory If you are anything like me, you have dreams of things to do - and of having the means with which to do them. The vagaries of life have a habit of getting in the way of realizing one’s dreams, and sometimes the world is simply not ready for them. I have recently completed an astronomical visual/imaging system, the likes of which I have contemplated for literally decades. What has finally made this possible is a combination of the progress in technology, recognition of what is (and is not) realistically achievable within a (relatively) modest budget, and a lifetime’s relentless application of judicious opportunism. Although it may seem simplistic and obvious – or else like too much hassle – this distillation of the process I followed and its outcomes should help. If you are contemplating such a system, you will of course still need to decide which aspects make sense in your own context, and deal with new or alternative technological choices available to you.

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