AO 8 with unguided robotic mount

Discussion in 'Adaptive Optics (AO)' started by MarkS, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. MarkS

    MarkS Standard User

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    I have an ASA telescope and mount, and am using a STT 8300M camera.
    Can I use the AO 8 at 1700mm focal length without guiding? Should I expect the same performance improvement as with a guided system?

    MarkS
     
  2. Doug

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    If your mount is aligned well enough that the drift is small, and the periodic error is not terrible, then you can run the AO without mount control.
     
  3. MarkS

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    Thanks Doug,
    There is no periodic error. Tracking is within 1 arcsec over >10min, so I should be OK.
    I think I would need a FWG filter wheel, rather than the standard. Is this correct?

    Regards,
    Mark
     
  4. Doug

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    Yes you will want the self-guided filter wheel. FW8G-STT.
     
  5. MarkS

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    Sorry I'm being a bit slow here - this is my last concern: the Barlow corrector on my telescope is 50mm diameter. The AO-8T internal diameter will need to be close to this figure to avoid vignetting, as it will be close to the Barlow lens. By my simple calculation, a T-thread coupling will vignette.

    So....what are the coupling options for the AO-8T?

    Regards,
    Mark
     
  6. Tim Puckett

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    Mark,
    Are you using the OK3 Adapter For 2" Barlow Lens ?
    I can pull the mechanical for the AO-8T cover plate and get back to you with all options on Wednesday.

    Regards
    Tim
     
  7. MarkS

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    Hi Tim,

    Yes, I'm using the OK3. I will need to get a new short OK3 adapter made, which is no problem for me provided the AO-8T clearance diameter - including coupler -is greater than ~46mm at the face closest to the Barlow.

    Regards,
    Mark
     

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