Our monster Dob: a 28" aperture Starmaster Dobsonian with Sky Tracker goto drive system.
It's over 10 feet tall when aimed straight up.
Installing our new Meade 16" LX200R, a larger and newer version of our old 12" LX200. This scope is on a fully computerized mount. Besides having built-in automated pointing ability to any of over 147,000 celestial objects, it can also be operated via computer in conjuction with a wide range of astronomical software. We can even operate it remotely, with various digital imaging equipment attached, from any computer connected to the internet.
The moon wasn't up, so we kept an eye out for UFOs while waiting our
turn on the H-alpha filter.
This scope is a Meade 16" Starfinder Equatorial Newtonian. This scope can be operated manually or with Meade's Magellan II computerized pointing system.
Both scopes are mounted on Astro
Piers by Le-Seur Manufacturing.
Our new refractor: Buck Harley
(1945-2007) donated his Meade 7" ED apochromatic
It's shown here on an adjustable-height pier, in the new domed observatory building we built at PGO.
Some images Buck took with it are in our astrophoto gallery.
CCD Camera with 201
XT autoguider and 616
Color Filter Wheel- very light-sensitive astronomical digital
camera, on loan from John Mahony.
Apogee AP47p CCD Camera.
This camera has a 1k X 1k thinned, back-illuminated chip, and -50°C
cooling. A substantial improvement over the Meade 416
camera. The Apogee camera is loan from Purdue, in exchange for
hosting occasional group viewing nights at PGO for their astronomy
SAC IVc camera,
which is a Logitech webcam in a container designed to attach to a
scope. Donated by Buck
Harley, who also added a Peltier cooler to reduce noise in the
image. Modified for long exposure (deep-sky imaging) by John
Mahony. Then later put in an uncooled box, to make room for:
TouCam 740 webcams-
a remarkably effective way to get very high
planet images. One is on loan from John Mahony, and is used for
planet imaging. The other was donated by Buck
Toucam has far fewer "hot pixels" than the SAC/Logitech camera Buck had
donated earlier (see above), so I modified this Toucam for long
exposure and put it in the cooled container formerly occupied by the
SAC, which is now in a simple uncooled metal box.
Astrovid video imaging system- donated by WVAS president Ed Harfmann.
Several computers, donated by various individuals.
DSL internet connection, courtesy of the Mulberry Cooperative Telephone Company.
Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts)- excellent freeware star-charting/telescope pointing software.
by Brent Boshart used to direct the LX200 to track
The picture of the International Space Station on our home page was
taken through the old 12" LX200.
Praktica 35mm film camera body with 50mm f/1.8 and 200mm f/3.5
on loan from John Mahony. The lenses can also be used on the CCD
A Night Vision scope, donated by Buck
An assortment of Barlow lenses, focal reducers, and camera adapters, including the Lumicon Giant Easy Guider.
An assortment of wide-angle
eyepieces and a Binoviewer,