iTelescope T33

We are very happy to announce iTelescope T33, which will be brought online soon at our Siding Spring Observatory site.

 iTelescope T33

iTelescope T33

This system is the first of many new systems and services that are being brought to the network with funds raised directly from our latest Billing System Update.

We want to thank all members that chose to convert to the new system - we would not be able to bring this system to the network without your help!

Instrument Package:

Telescope T33's OTA is a fast 16" F/3.5 Astro Systeme Austria (ASA) Astrograph mounted on a Paramount ME. The OTA is coupled with a large format main imaging camera and guided with a Starlight Xpress Lodestar using a custom-made Off-Axis adapter. This will be the first Off-Axis guided system on the network!

Telescope Optics:

The main imaging camera on Telescope T33 is a 16-megapixel Apogee Aspen CG16070 Class 1 CCD paired with an Apogee FW50-9R 9 Position Filter Wheel.  This configuration delivers an 87 x 58 arcmin FoV at an image scale of 1.07 arcsec/pixel.

Its filter wheel is filled with a fantastic compliment of seven Premium Astrodon 50mm Round Filters Imaging Filters:

  • Astrodon Series I Luminance, Red, Green, and Blue (LRGB) 
  • Astrodon 5nm Hydrogen-Alpha, 5nm Oxygen-III, 5nm Sulfur-II (Narrowband)

To give an example of what this system is capable of, below is an image taken on the system from our Siding Spring Observatory site. T33 will excel in any mission that requires a wide field and fast imaging of faint extended objects such as clusters, nebula, and comets.

 Image by Jason Jennings T33

Image by Jason Jennings T33

We cannot wait to see the fantastic images that iTelescope Members take on this Pure Imaging system!