Very Small Telescope (VST)

The Very Small Telescope (VST) consists of the following components :

Astrograph specs:
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2 
  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups (with three ED glass and one Super ED glass elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
German equatorial mount specs:
  • Type: German Equatorial Mount
  • Weight (mount) : 19.5 kg – 43 lbs without accessories
  • Instrument payload capacity: ~ 25 kg – 55 lbs
  • Latitude range: 0° – 82° (90° optional)
  • Azimuth fine adjustment range: +/? 7.5°
  • Counterweight shaft: 30 mm diameter, stainless steel, weight 1.7 kg – 3.7 lbs
  • Axes: 30 mm diameter, alloy steel
  • Bearings: Pre-loaded tapered roller bearings Roller thrust bearings
  • Worm wheels: 250 teeth, 125 mm diameter, B14 bronze
  • Worms: diameter 20mm, alloy steel, grinded and lapped
  • Transmission system: Backlash-free system with timing belt and automatic backlash recovery
  • Motors: 2 axes servo brushless
  • Power supply: 24 V DC
  • Power consumption: ~ 0,5 A while tracking ~ 3 A at maximum speed ~ 4 A peak
  • Go-to speed: Adjustable from 2°/s to 15°/s
  • Pointing accuracy: < 20” with internal multiple-stars software mapping
  • Average tracking accuracy: < +/? 1" typical for 15 minutes (< 0.7" RMS) with multiple-stars software mapping and compensation of flexure and polar alignment errors
  • PC control: Remote control via RS-232 or Ethernet; proprietary ASCOM driver or Meade compatible protocol; update of firmware and orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites via RS-232 or Ethernet; virtual control panel via RS-232 or Ethernet. Wi-Fi included to control the mount via Tablet, Smartphone etc.
CCD camera FLI Proline 16200
  • ML16200 Sensor Specs
  • Sensor: ON Semi KAF-16200
  • Pixels: 4500 x 3600
  • Pixel Size: 6.0 ?m
  • Full Well Capacity: 39,000 e-
  • Sensor Diagonal: 34.5 mm
  • Video Size (inch): 2.2
  • Anti Blooming: 2800x
  • Color Options: Monochrome
  • CCD Type: Front Illuminated
  • CCD Grades: 1 (no column defects) or 2 (up to 15 column defects)
  • ML16200 Performance
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  • Digitization Speed: 2 MHz and 12 MHz Focus Mode
  • Typical System Noise: 6 e- RMS @ 2 MHz; 11 e- at 12 MHz
  • Typical Maximum Cooling: 55?C Below Ambient
  • Typical Dark Current: <0.015 e-/pixel/sec @ -25?C
  • Typical Non linearity: <1%
  • Lens Mounts: Optional Nikon F-Mount or Canon EOS mount
  • Available Shutters: 45 mm (65mm with ADT)
  • Housing Dimensions: 3.70 x 3.70 x 4.77 (94 x 94 x 121.3)
  • Focal Plane to Faceplate: 15.4 mm (optical)
  • Weight: 3.0 lbs.
  • All MicroLine Cameras
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Temperature Stability: 0.1?C
  • Remote Triggering: Standard
  • Power: 12V (100-240V AC to 12V DC power supply included). With TEC off
  • Environment: -30?C - 45?C | 10% - 90% Relative Humidity
Seven Position Filter Wheel
  • 7 Position Color Filter Wheel
  • Number of Filter Wheels: One
  • Filter Positions: Seven
  • Recommended Filter Size (+/- 0.125mm): 2 inch or 50 mm diameter
  • Filter Thickness Range: 1.0 - 5.0 mm
  • Filter Type: Unmounted only
  • Overall Thickness (less motor): 20.9 mm
  • Camera Side Connection: 2.930"
  • Pocket Optical Side Connection: 2.005" - 24 UNS-2B
  • Internal Wheel Material: Aluminum Interface

Current telescope status:

  • Alignment Mode: algPolar
  • Altitude: -0.612038333979264
  • Aperture Diameter: 0.1
  • At Home: False
  • At Park: True
  • Azimuth: 0.20223500424869
  • Connected: True
  • Declination: 60.1405651854509
  • Declination Rate: 0
  • Description: 10Micron Mount ASCOM Driver
  • Equatorial System: equJ2050
  • Right Ascension: 14.0074608998913
  • Right Axcension Rate: 0
  • Sidereal Time: 13.9804748777586
  • Site Elevation: 1600
  • Site Latitude: -30.4708333333333
  • Site Longitude: -70.765
  • Slewing: False
  • Slew Settle Time: 2
  • UTCDate: 7/14/2020 11:08:48 PM

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