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Ed

Fun with Domes (PART 1)

posted by Ed on 10 April 2014

Over the last week or so I have been doing some investigating into the algorithms that control the positioning of the dome throughout the night. It has been a long journey full of pitfalls and surprises but it might be leading to better dome positioning from now on.
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Ed

Some thoughts on schedulers

posted by Ed on 7 April 2014

Over the years we have had many people present their views on how the telescope's scheduling system isn't working fairly. It's an interesting point for discussion so here I want to share my two cents on scheduling systems and how they work.

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Ed

Object of the Month: NGC 2903

posted by Ed on 3 March 2014

There are a few galaxies around the skies of the Northern Hemisphere which Charles Messier somehow missed when he was compiling his famous Messier Catalogue. One of these is the galaxy NGC 2903. Discovered by William Herschel 15 years later, this bright spiral galaxy has an unusual textured core.

Clear image of the galaxy (cropped)

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Happy Valentines Day

posted by Ed on 14 February 2014

What better way to show your affection to your nearest and dearest than with a personal image of IC1805?

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A survey of Galaxies

posted by Ed on 5 February 2014

Galaxies can be very beautiful objects to image. They are all unique, can often have very intricate spirals, and don't take much work to get a good picture of. The tricky part is knowing which galaxies to take images of, as there certainly are a lot! Over the past 18 months I have been taking images of some promising galaxies and here I present the results of that endeavour.
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