• Telescope

    Veloce RH 200 8" F/3 MkII
  • Focuser

    FLI Atlas
  • Camera

    FLI ML-8300
  • Filter Wheel

    FLI CFW-2-7
  • Filters

    Astronomik LRGB Ha Oiii Sii
  • Guide Camera

    Starlight Xpress Lodestar
  • Mount

    Paramount MX
  • System FOV

    102.8 x 77.4 arcmin
  • System Resolution

    1.85 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 Gus

  • Telescope

    Officina Stellare Veloce RH 200 8" F/3 MkII
    • Aperture: 200mm (8'')
    • Focal ratio: F/3
    • Focal length: 600mm (24'')
    • 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. From the advanced astrophotographer to the professional, Veloce RH200  Series is the answer to every need.

    The Officina Stellare Veloce RH 200 Mark II (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 200mm of clear aperture and a focal length of 600mm.

  • Focuser

    FLI Atlas Digital Focuser
    Today’s sophisticated imaging systems include color filter wheels (asymmetrical weight distribution), off-axis guiders, rotators, corrective optics, and CCD cameras. Together they present a formidable group of equipment that must be moved with micron accuracy and no image shift to achieve the finest results. The FLI Atlas Digital Focuser is up to the task; an engineering pièce de résistance with unique solutions to achieving critical focus with heavy loads.

    High TPI precision adjustment screws translate into high positional accuracy
    • High TPI precision adjustment screws translate into high positional accuracy
    • Miniature stepper motor driven by micro-stepping controller
    • Adjustment screws supported by high-load-rated bearings extend operational life in the most demanding conditions
    • Linear bearings provide torsional rigidity
    • Symmetrical distribution of redundant mechanical components guarantees consistent performance in any orientation
    • Included FLI Zero Tilt Adapter ensures that system performance is not compromised by tilt, movement, or shifting
    • All mechanical components are enclosed and protected from the environment
    • Hidden drive motor (fully enclosed inside of Atlas Digital Focuser)
  • Camera

    FLI Microline ML8300 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 MX
    The Paramount MX has a broad range of exciting features and capabilities that will keep you focused on the stars and not your equipment. Software Bisque urges you to compare the Paramount MX feature set with every other commercial mount in this price range before buying any mount.

Who is Gus Grissom?

Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967) was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts, a United States Air Force test pilot, and a mechanical engineer. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice.

Grissom enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet during World War II. As the end of the war neared, Grissom sought to be discharged and married Betty Moore. Grissom enrolled at Purdue University, graduating with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering in 1950. He reenlisted in the United States Air Force, earning his pilot's wings in 1951. Grissom flew over 100 combat missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster. He was reassigned to work as a flight instructor at Bryan Air Force Base. He attended the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology for a year and earned a bachelor's degree in aeromechanics.

Selected as one of the Mercury Seven astronauts, Grissom was the pilot of the second American suborbital flight, in the Liberty Bell 7. The hatch of the craft blew off and filled with water, causing it to sink to the bottom of the ocean. His next flight was in the Project Gemini Program in a craft named the Molly Brown, which was a successful mission. He was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and, posthumously, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

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