L-series out of this World Tracking Performance

The L-series lineup was born out of the dream to create the most versatile and cost-effective direct drive mount. Whether your goal is capturing beautiful astrophotographs that are out of this world, tracking fast moving satellites, or tracking objects that are not in orbit, the L-series will help you reach those goals all while being […]

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Miratlas and PlaneWave Instruments announce partnership to streamline robotic telescope operation

GREOUX LES BAINS, FRANCE, JUNE 23RD, 2020 – Miratlas SAS and PlaneWave Instruments Inc. announce today their commercial collaboration joining efforts to facilitate site survey, robotic telescope systems, and optical ground station operations. PlaneWave Instruments expertise in both optical and mechanical design since 2006 allowed them to develop over the years a complete range of […]

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Australian National University awards PlaneWave Instruments a contract to build an optical ground station with their RC700

ADRIAN, MI, JUNE 9TH, 2020 — PlaneWave Instruments will supply, deliver, install, provide support, and maintain a 700mm Ritchey-Chrétien Optical Ground Station (OGS) telescope at The Australian National University (ANU) . The OGS telescope shall be capable of tracking satellites in LEO, GEO and Deep Space with low tracking error for the purpose of Free-Space […]

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CubeSat Astronomy in the 2020s

Room 301B, Hawaii Convention Center Workshop during the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, January 4, 2020, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Room 301B, Hawaii Convention Center Organizers Russell Genet, California Polytechnic State University, 805.438.3305, rgenet@calpoly.edu Mary Knapp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 617.715.5563, mkanpp@mit.edu Workshop Synopsis Thanks to NASA’s support, an increasing number of CubeSat […]

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History of Robotic and Remotely Operated Telescopes The Fairborn Observatory 1979-1989

By Russell M. Genet Abstract Automated instrument sequencers were employed on solar eclipse expeditions in the late 1800s. However, it was not until the 1960s that Art Code and associates at Wisconsin used a PDP-8 minicomputer with 4 K of RAM to automate an 8-inch photometric telescope. It took reliable microcomputers to initiate the modern […]

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Noted Astronomy Educator Joins Annual RTSRE Conference In Hawaii

The second annual Conference on Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE), held on Hawaii’s East Coast between July 23 and 25, brought a great gathering of astronomers, educators, students, and allied professionals to the storied Big Island, for a leaning experience showcasing the latest advances in this growing field.  Among the notable scholars in attendance […]

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Space Situational Awareness

SSA Seeks To Prevent Orbital Collisions, Malicious Attacks In our highly interconnected, tech-dependent, early-21st century world, little everyday thought is given to the massive conglomeration of hardware circling the Earth, which makes our modern lives possible. Countries with active space programs (and in recent years, commercial entities like Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture) have been sending […]

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