• Telescope

    RiFast 400 16" F/3.8
  • Focuser / Rotator

    Gemini Focusing Rotator
  • Camera

    FLI PL-16803
  • Filter Wheel

    FLI CFW-5-7
  • Filters

    Astronomik LRGB Ha Oiii Sii
  • Guide Camera

    Starlight Xpress Lodestar
  • Mount

    Paramount ME
  • System FOV

    83.3 x 83.3 degrees
  • System Resolution

    1.22 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 Buzz

  • Telescope

    Officina Stellare RiFast 400 16" F/3.8
    • Aperture: 400mm (16'')
    • Focal ratio: F/3.8
    • Focal length: 1520mm (60'')
    • Linear obstruction:55%

    Diffraction-limited over a wide and flat field, the RiFast design will push any camera to its limits... and will do it FAST! The extraordinary f/ ratio allows a higher productivity per night.

    The central obstruction is about 50%, but still smaller than similar designs, that simply can't compete under any point of view. The visual contrast is very good, thanks also to the special ultra-dark paints we use.

    The corrector group is very close to the focal plane, so chromatic aberration is undetectable.

  • 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 Proline PL-16803 CCD Camera

    The ProLine Imaging System sets a new standard in CCD camera performance and flexibility. As FLI's flagship imaging system, the Proline cameras feature user selectable download speeds, choice of cooling base configurations, and a separate hermetically-sealed chamber for the CCD and electronics. Every major component of the ProLine is CNC machined to ensure a long life in the most demanding conditions. The ProLine base / heat sink, shutter housing and front flange are each machined from a single piece of high-grade aluminium. (Being part of the base assembly, even the ProLine fan cover is CNC machined!) The electrical printed circuit boards use only the highest quality components and are protected from harsh environment without the need for conformal coatings.

    Breaking new ground in download speeds, the ProLine provides the user with extremely fast user-selectable download speeds. You can download images at 12 mega-pixels per second for focusing. This means that an unbinned image can be downloaded to your PC in as little as 1 second! For imaging, the download time can be slowed to reduce the noise in the final image. The ProLine achieves a sustainable 65°C cooling performance. This means you can operate your camera at -30°C with ambient temperatures of up to 35°C (84°F) for lowest dark current and its attendant noise. No additional cooling or cooling sequence staging is necessary but a liquid cooling option is available to achieve a wider range.

  • Filter Wheel

    FLI CFW-5-7
    • The FLI CFW-5-7 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-5-7 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 Buzz Aldrin?

Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and former astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, he was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon, and the second person to walk on it. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer with the Command Pilot rating. He also went into orbit on the Gemini 12 mission, finally achieving the goals for EVA (space-walk work) that paved the way to the Moon and success for the Gemini program; he spent over five hours on EVA on that mission.

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