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Adaptive Telescope Optics and the Amateur Astro-Photographer
Stellar Products - Adaptive Optics for All Astronomers
The effect of adaptive optics is immediately visible and astounding , so we're including here a full gallery of images that demonstrate the before and after, including several images that we didn't have room for in the magazine. This simple animation shows how turning on the AO system at the Keck Observatory in Hawai'i improves visibility toward our galaxy's center:. Keck Observatory Laser Team. Though adaptive optics can be done with natural guide stars i. When bright stars are not available, observatories implement laser guide stars, a bright artificial star created by shining a laser beam into the sky. The image below shows the improvement from a natural guide star image of the galactic center right with a laser guide star image of the same field left. A similarly themed animation shows a view of our galaxy's central 0.
Adaptive Optics - Tip/Tilt correction for amateur astronomy
Greg Marshall is an amateur astro-photographer and the owner of Wa-chur-ed Observatory, a small business that offers both astro-photo art and tools for astronomy. He has an MS degree in Computer Science and 35 years of experience in electronics engineering, specializing in image processing. Throughout the years I have been active in astro-photography, my goal has been to improve the technical quality and to a somewhat lesser extent, the artistry of my images.
The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar announced a partnership today to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, and provide the opportunity to contribute directly to cutting-edge science. Unistellar's new eVscope leverages "Enhanced Vision" imaging technology and now provides three unique features never before offered in a compact mass-market instrument thanks to this partnership:. But they are generally disappointing for viewing fainter and more distant objects, which remain inaccessible to amateur astronomers," said Laurent Marfisi, Unistellar CEO.