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High Temporal Imaging at the Kuiper 61” Telescope

The HTI Project uses orthogonal polarization comparisons to give detailed information about GEO-synchronous satellites without the need for high resolution or adaptive optics. The project was fully built in the lab and has been tested multiple times on the 61” telescope on Mount Bigelow in Tucson, AZ.

The project uses advanced camera sensors from Andor Technology which are synched to milliseconds of accuracy to allow accurate comparisons to occur. The detectors are low weight, low noise, and water cooler to allow streamlined information acquisition from the telescope.

 
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The Star Seeking Imager

The Star Seeking Imager is a year-long project with the intent to design and create a device to improve the abilities for photographers to create high-quality astrophotographs in a convenient, low-cost manner. There are three parts to this project; the Device, the Software, and the App. The device is a physical mechanism to hold and position a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera and a long focal length lens controlled by a smart phone app.

The software is used primarily to connect the device to the phone as well as calculate the coordinates and precise movements needed to find a subject. Finally, the phone application is used to maximize ease of use for a photographer. The app will allow the user to completely control the camera’s movements, perform calibrations, and provide a database of subjects for the user to choose from.

 
 
 
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The Citizen CATE Project

The total solar eclipse will take place August 21, 2017. The total time the eclipse will take to pass over the continent will be around 90 minutes, 2.5 minutes at each location. The plan for the CATE experiment is to have citizen volunteers, amateur astronomers, and scientists operating the telescopes that will be set up along the path of the eclipse (61 sites). Therefore, while the totality in each spot will only last for a short amount of time, 90 minutes of data will be recorded.

The software is used primarily to connect the device to the phone as well as calculate the coordinates and precise movements needed to find a subject. Finally, the phone application is used to maximize ease of use for a photographer. The app will allow the user to completely control the camera’s movements, perform calibrations, and provide a database of subjects for the user to choose from.