My Observatory and Astronomy
The Atoka Astronomy Club and
Resort Welcomes You!
Work in Texas including complete
mount disassembly to the bearing
level to repack all components.
The OTAs had their glass cleaned!
Both observatory
scopes on their
portable mounts
undergo testing at
our Rockwall
validation and
verificaion (V&V)
First V&V test OK against 39CnC in
the  vast Beehive Cluster Imaged by
AT-66 on LX299 autoguided by DSI,
captured 2x300s ea. R/G/B in QSI
583 WSG
Once the mount was disassembled and reassembled the
optical tubes needed some TLC.  Really cannot complain as
the LX200 has not been serviced in over three years. You
can see the correcter plate and mirror are slightly dirty in
the images.  Also you can tell that the promary is spotless
as is the OTA.  The final corrector and secondary are
alsow spotless,  Juse ensure you set up correctly.
My Workmate makes a wonderful
Losmandy dovetail plate receiver to
do work.  Make sure the air is still
and no mussing around...or be ready
with a vacuum cleaner hose.  Above
is the "Pre-cleaning" LX200 10"
Above: inside the pristine OTA.  Many
times  area is neglected. Not now
Below, one begins to feel like a photon
making the tour through the clean
glass of this now spotless OTA
Cleaning and maintaining one's
equipment is only fun if it works better
after the effort....I'm very pleased with
this effort.
The Meade 10" SCT at its native f/6.3
and a 2x Barlow reveals an
extremently round, symmetrical star
(Betelgeuse) well collimated
The Beat Goes On!
In 2010 the POD entered her third year as my observatory
Images below were taken on 17 June 2010
Photo by Terry Belia on 21 Oct after  installing
AstroTech AT-130 on Hypertuned SkyWatcher
Pro EQ6  mount  with the QSI 583 camera
This dual Solar telescope system  is
ideal for classroom-size groups of
20-30 students. Two lines of
students can simultaneously observe
the Sun in White Light and
Hydrogen Alpha. My teaching
method here emphasizes a
multispectral takeaway product that
the students immediately create.
The design vision for my equipment was achieved in 2014 when I declared interoperability across both my home and observatory
German Equatorial Mounts.  Today's home and observatory systems support the LX200 or any of my refractors. Operated by the
same software, either mount can drive my AT-130/AT-65/LX200 telescope carrying any of my cameras.
The  homebuilt Liquid Heat Exchanger for
the Quantum Scientific 583-WSG for use
when it's warmer than 85 deg F. at night in
the Summer. Note Organ Transplant box.