[Sara-Reports] SARA-KP Nightly Observing Report
xhan at butler.edu
Sat Jan 4 21:57:01 CST 2020
I have reported long time ago, and have been reported by others (such as from 2 nights ago), a simple solution to the Sara
KP tracking problem is to reboot the telescope computer.
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Subject: [Sara-Reports] SARA-KP Nightly Observing Report
SARA-KP Nightly Observing Report
Name: Derek Buzasi
Email: dbuzasi at fgcu.edu
Date (mm/dd/yy): 01/04/20
Instrument Used: ARC CCD
Hours Observed: 0
Hours Lost: 10
Reason(s): Equipment Failure (tracking/CCD), Software / Control PC Failure
Observing Program: M dwarf rotation periods
Nominal track rate, filter(s), ambient temp and focus:
Problems encountered, if any: A perfect night, clear skies and (I think) subarcsecond seeing, but lost entirely to hardware/software issues. I can't even focus the telescope because the longest period of time it will remain on track is 30-40 seconds. As before, tracking just shuts off randomly for no reason. I conservatively estimate that I have already turned tracking back on more than 100 times, and integrated over the last 3 nights that number must be closer to 500. I have given up out of frustration.
Suggestions for improvements: THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE LEAST EFFICIENT AND MOST FRUSTRATING TELESCOPE I HAVE EVER USED. THE TRACKING ISSUE NEEDS TO BE FIXED.
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