Image shows the older f/5.6 model. Our new f/3 model is on the bench at Officinal Stellare
  • Telescope

    Veloce RH 250 10" F/3
  • Focuser / Rotator

    Gemini Focusing Rotator
  • Camera

    FLI ML-16200
  • Filter Wheel

    FLI CFW-2-7
  • Filters

    Astronomik LRGB Ha Oiii Sii
  • Guide Camera

    Starlight Xpress Lodestar
  • Mount

    Paramount ME
  • System FOV

    123.6 x 98.9 arcmin
  • System Resolution

    1.65 Arc sec / pixel

System FOV

The Orion Nebula - M42
Field of view images generated using Stellarium
The Pleiades Cluster - M45
The Veil Nebula - NGC6960

Main Components

Some more in depth detail about the main components of Alan

  • Telescope

    Officina Stellare Veloce RH 250 10" F/3
    • Aperture: 250mm (10'')
    • Focal ratio: F/3
    • Focal length: 750mm (30'')
    • Linear obstruction:55%

    The RH Veloce is a really unique design, and uses several unique solutions, created by Riccardi and Honders (from this the "RH" in the name).  You can now expect an even better large field photographic performance thanks to an innovative light baffles coating will give you a much better reduction of ghosts and scattered light. Provided with FF72 focuser, FFC focus controller optional. From the advanced astrophotographer to the professional, Veloce RH250  Series is the answer to every need.

    The Officina Stellare Veloce RH 250 (Riccardi-Honders) Astrograph offers a fast f/3 focal ratio combined with a very high image definition over the whole corrected field. Veloce in Italian means fast, to indicate its primary vocation: to be a great astrograph capable of stunning performance. It has 250mm of clear aperture and a focal length of 750mm.

  • Focuser / Rotator

    Gemini Focusing Rotator
    Optec engineers have developed a completely new concept for combining telescope focus and camera rotation functions into a single robust, yet compact package.  Rather than simply adding a rotator onto the end of a focuser drawtube, Gemini was designed from inception with a rotating drawtube providing superior strength and rigidity for heavy camera payloads.  Featuring four lead-screws and four linear bearings, Gemini can easily handle 10-kg. (22-lbs.) payload packages without flexure.  Full 360-degree rotation is a built-in function of the Gemini with a full 1/2" of linear travel.  At the center of travel, Gemini measures a mere 2.45" in thickness. 

    To maintain a flat, rigid base for heavy camera packages, Gemini's shell consists of two parallel plates machined from MIC-6 tool plate providing flatness within 0.001" (25 microns).  Seven precise stand-off spacers maintain the 2.2" separation of these plates.  The rotating drawtube is moved linearly with 1/2" of total travel using a premium timing belt driven by a high torque stepper motor.  The entire package is accented with a beautiful carbon fiber wrap.  Dual RJ45 connectors provide connection to the Gemini Control hub.  The independent rotating drawtube is supported by a custom X-cage bearing system supported by large, 6mm chrome ball bearings.
  • Camera

    FLI Microline FLI ML-16200 CCD Camera

    Goodbye Goliath! MicroLine is smaller and lighter-weight than the competition, but outperforms them in key areas such as noise, frame quality, download speeds, bit-depth, and CCD cooling.

    1. Sensor Cooling up to 55°C below ambient (air cooled)
    2. Interline sensor operation at 12 MHz (16-bit)
    3. Full frame sensor operation up to 12 MHz (16-bit)
    4. Dual Super Coated AR Window
    5. Heavy weight performance in a 2.8 lbs package
    6. RBI Anti-Ghosting Technology standard
    7. Small Footprint (3.7 x 3.7 x 5in.)
    8. Reaches operating temperatures in 5 minutes!
  • Filter Wheel

    FLI CFW-2-7
    • The FLI CFW-2-7 is a seven position filter wheel that holds 50mm filters.
    • Low profile design adds only .540" distance to the light path with FLI cameras.
    • Features a highly accurate no-slip chain driven system, precision ground pivot pin and matching precision ground bushing.
    • No internal lights in the FLI CFW-2-7 are used for homing to ensure that your images are not compromised.
  • Filters

    Astronomik LRGB Ha Oiii Sii

    Astronomik has added a new range of RGB filters to its line of World class products. The new Deep-Sky RGB filters are designed for maximum deep sky imaging performance with CCD cameras.

    • maximum transmission of up to 95%
    • Ultra-Sharp, pinpoint star images
    • High contrast
    • Easy to process data for vivid colours in the final image
    • Optimized spectral windows for max photon counts on the sensor
    • Made on finest, opticaly polished glass
    • Extremly durable, scratch resistant coating
    • MFR Coating technique for a wide range of focal ratios
  • Guide Camera

    Starlight Xpress Lodestar

    The gold standard in guide cameras!

    A sensitive USB2.0 guide camera in a miniature package. Exview CCD with 752 x 580 pixels, USB powered, Opto-Isolated control outputs.

  • Mount

    Software Bisque Paramount ME
    Night after night, discovery after discovery and year after year, the Paramount ME is the backbone of your observing program.  Its German equatorial design employs research-grade gears that provide unsurpassed tracking performance and can shoulder 68 kg (150 lb) of imaging payload.  The Paramount ME is designed for uninterrupted, carefree, local or remote operation.

Who is Alan Shepard?

Rear Admiral Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was an American astronaut, naval aviator, test pilot, and businessman.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Shepard saw action with the surface navy during World War II. He became a naval aviator in 1946, and a test pilot in 1950. He was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts in 1959, and in May 1961 he made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. His craft entered space, but did not achieve orbit. He became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space, and the first person to manually control the orientation of his spacecraft. In the final stages of Project Mercury, Shepard was scheduled to pilot the Mercury-Atlas 10 (MA-10), which was planned as a three-day mission. He named Mercury Spacecraft 15B Freedom 7 II in honor of his first spacecraft, but the mission was cancelled.

Shepard was designated as the commander of the first manned Project Gemini mission, but was grounded in 1963 due to Ménière's disease, an inner-ear ailment that caused episodes of extreme dizziness and nausea. This was surgically corrected in 1969, and in 1971, Shepard commanded the Apollo 14 mission, piloting the Apollo Lunar Module Antares to the most accurate landing of the Apollo missions. At age 47, he became the fifth and oldest person to walk on the Moon, and the only one of the Mercury Seven astronauts to do so. During the mission, he hit two golf balls on the lunar surface. He was Chief of the Astronaut Office from November 1963 to July 1969 (the approximate period of his grounding), and from June 1971 until his retirement from the United States Navy and NASA on August 1, 1974. He was promoted to rear admiral on August 25, 1971, the first astronaut to reach that rank.

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