[Sara-Reports] SARA-KP Nightly Observing Report

Dr Peter Mack pmack at astronomical.com
Sat Apr 22 14:16:12 CDT 2017

Hi Todd,


Can you provide approximate coordinates and time of day, or approx. (HA,DEC) so we can check it out.


I’ve just tried moving around with no issues so I’m trying to figure out what’s going on.




*	Peter.


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Subject: [Sara-Reports] SARA-KP Nightly Observing Report


SARA-KP Nightly Observing Report


Todd Hillwig


Valparaiso University


Todd.Hillwig at valpo.edu

Other Observers: 

Observational Astronomy students

Date (mm/dd/yy): 


Instrument Used: 


Hours Observed: 


Hours Lost: 



Equipment Failure (tracking/CCD)

Observing Program: 

Student Projects.

Nominal track rate, filter(s), ambient temp and focus: 


Problems encountered, if any: 

I've had some problems with the telescope locking on target in the past, but this night was the worst I've ever encountered. The telescope often wouldn't lock at all (at least for the 5 minutes or so I would let it go). Even when the telescope did lock (once out of every five attempts or so), it was not in the correct location, typically with the target not in the CCD field. Trying offsets had the same result. After 45 minutes we finally were able to get one target into the field well enough to take a few images, though it was not at all centered.

Tried again after that with the same results and then just gave up.

Suggestions for improvements: 


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