Since the beginning of time, the chore of collecting accurate and consistent flat calibration data for over two dozen iTelescopes in three different time zones around the world had been my personal bane. Our usual 'Sky Flats' method is subject to many variables including star trails, scattered cloud, roof closures and very narrow windows of opportunity that make the collection of these rather important images very difficult. Indeed it could take weeks for us to collect enough useful samples of all the filters that our systems have installed. It was just nuts.
Well now we have installed electroluminescent light panel technology to make this task simple, with the highest quality possible for our members.
Multiple ELV panels ranging in size with Flip-Flats suitable for use on our wide field FSQs and refractors like T3 and to huge custom made, mobile panels up to 40" for our 27" systems have been installed in our observatories.
These panels can be controlled remotely and we are pleased to say the quality of calibration data from them is simply astounding. No more faint star trails, no more cloud ruining the frames. We can take as long as we like and collect dozens upon dozens of samples for each filter on every telescope and produce stunning flats, on demand at any time we choose!
This advanced electro luminescent panel technology provides a uniform source of illumination for the production of high quality flat field frames necessary for serious astroimaging and photometric work. With on-demand flat fields and uniformity errors of less than ± 2% are now possible.
We would like to thank Alnitak Astrosystems for their helpful and valuable advise in making my job for one far easier!