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APM Professional Telescopes

1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

Astronomy is our job

Observatory Telescopes

Big prime focus telescopes for private or public observatories including installation and full service.

Robotic / Remote

Robotic instruments for automatic imaging or telescopes for remote observation.

ASA Telescopes

ASA600 with DDM200

ASA600 OTA is the perfect fit for the ASA direct drive mounts with absolute encoders. As all ASA telescopes the ASA600 is equipped with quartz glass optics from ASA.

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SPOX lets you take control of the remote calibration module for Alpy 600, LISA and LHIRES III spectrographs (and the basic, non-motorized UVEX). Control can be taken manually (using the buttons on the box), or via your computer (using a USB connection).

SPOX is a small box for remote control of flat and calibration lamps for Alpy, Lhires III and LISA. This can be done manually, close to the telescope (if you’re in the field, for example) or via your computer, using a USB cable – whether Windows or Linux-based.

Manual control close to the telescope is as simple as using SPOX’s push-buttons. Each button controls either the Flats tungsten lamp or the Neon/Argon lamp for spectral calibration.

A red LED indicates if one of the spectrograph’s lamps is faulty. You can also control the callibration lamps via a small piece of dedicated software (available in the download section) or via an application using an ascom driver.

The SPOX box comes with its own USB cable (2m), and as an option, depending on your spectrograph and configuration, you can also choose the cable needed to connect SPOX to your spectrograph. Choose from 2 cable lengths: – 0.8m – 5m The cable includes a Tiny XLR 4-pin connector, enabling direct connection to your LHIRES III. If you have an ALPY 600 or LISA, an additional adapter will be required and included depending on the option chosen when ordering. You’ll also need a 12V power supply.

spox2spox3spox4Cables can also be ordered separately under the part numbers available in the SPOX section.

 

 

 

 

Composition

Only the cable connecting the SPOX box to the spectrograph will depend on the type of spectro you have. The SPOX box includes :
  • 12 V DC input
  • USB socket (supplied with 2m USB cable)
  • Tiny XLR 4-pin socket

Documents

Find out more about the ⇒Spox Box

Software

WINDOWS application for controlling the SPOX box from your PC (unzip file)

ASCOM driver (requires ASCOM platform V6.3 or higher, unzip file)

– The INDI driver (see the INDI website)

Back to Lhires III Spectroscope

ZWO Monochrome Astro Camera ASI461MM Pro cooled, Sensor D=55 mm 100.000.000 Pixel

Excellent image quality
The ASI461MM Pro cooled is equipped with a state-of-the-art monochrome sensor that gives you incredibly detailed images. Thanks to the cooling technology, image noise and thermal noise remain at a minimum, so your images are crisp and contrasty.

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Our products are characterised by quality.

  • Remote telescope in use

    Our project near Munich. 600mm RC tube on a DDM100 mount. As observation platform a dome from Astroshell with 3m diameter. The complete system is designed as a remote telescope.
  • SBIG CCD/CMOS Cameras

    SBIG CCD/CMOS Cameras

    Our most popular camera, the SBIG Aluma AC4040 is a large format Scientific CMOS camera, featuring a 16.8 megapixel sensor with 9 micron pixels. The camera is compatible with the StarChaser SC-4 Guider and optional AO-X Adaptive Optics accessories. The Aluma AC4040 is available in Front Illuminated (FSI) and ultra-sensitive Back-Illuminated (BSI) versions. BSI versions are offered with VIS-NIR and UV-VIS optical coating options.
  • Shelyak Spectrometer

    The UVEX is the most versatile instrument in the range. Achromatic by design, it can explore far into the ultraviolet and infrared – at the very limits of what today’s cameras can achieve. The interchangeable gratings (in option) allow different resolutions. Combined with its motorization module, it can be operated remotely. The motorization integrates the control of the calibration module (equivalent to the SPOX module). So it’s easy to do your dark, flats and calibration images remotely. The motorized UVEX is the ultimate version of the UVEX, allowing remote operation. You can remotely control the central wavelength (grating angle) and adjust the spectroscope’s focus.
  • Astroshell Domes

    The Clamshell dome is the preferred observatory dome for LASER COMMUNICATION and BIG-APERTURE telescopes. It is not necessary to synchronize the telescope with the dome. Both "shutters" can be moved and positioned independently to allow wind shading of the optical group. All of our domes are equipped with rugged belt drive systems powered by high performance DC or AC motors and feature industrial grade gears. If you need fast dome opening, we offer a special fast opening shutter drive system. Built up individually or in combined with the SRQ-200 DIMM station, our clamshell dome is the way to go for successful astronomy! CLAMSHELL DOMES provide an unparalleled 360/180 degree field of view for an absolutely breathtaking nighttime experience. When this observatory dome opens, you are truly among the stars!
  • ASA Direct Drive Technology

    New design based on 15 years of experience with Direct Drive mounts. Ready for the most demanding applications in pointing and tracking accuracy, like laser comunication, satellite tracking and general astronomical research.

    APM Professional Telescopes

    1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

    Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

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