Stellar imaging with a cooled CCD

Brief description

Use an astronomy-grade cooled CCD chip to image faint stars and reduce the data quantitatively using STARLINK software. The CCD camera system available is the Santa Barbara Research Group ST4, controlled by a PC. It is not trivial to attach the CCD camera in the place of the eyepiece of the Meade telescope and expect to obtain instant success, so one alternative method is to use the telescope as a means of tracking and piggy-back a camera system with a shorter focal length. We run a competition for the faintest object detected with this equipment. You must be prepared to do evening observing at Acre Road.

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