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NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a website provided by NASA and Michigan Technological University (MTU). Its mission goal is stated as "Each day a different image or photograph of our universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer."
Telescope 8 has been around for a very long while, originally joining us back in the Global Rent-a-Scope days. It has been a long time favourite as a sister system to Telescope 9 and enjoyed a nice run at Siding Spring, capturing some really high quality APOD winning images.
However, when the mount under went refurbishment and with the observatory at Siding Spring filling up, we had to really buckle down and decide how we wanted this classic system to return.
The answer, in the end, was to retire the 12.5" RCOS and ST10-XME CCD, and with the help of T24 Affiliate, John Strong, bring it back as something very new and greatly needed within our lineup of Southern Hemisphere Telescopes!
We are happy to announce that this new and improved Telescope 8 (T8) is now Live!
This new system features a Takahashi FSQ106 EDX mounted on a Paramount ME. The imaging system is a 4k x 4k resolution FLI MicroLine 16803 CCD with a nice compliment of 10 Astrodon 50mm square filters, and includes LRBG, Ha, SII, OIII, Near Infrared (NIR) Luminance, and an ExoPlanet filter.
We are very excited to see this system finally come online and we invite every iTelescope member to try this fantastic system out.