The Observatory has two permanently mounted C14 telescopes.
Each is an optical tube assembly from the
series of Celestron
telescopes, installed on a
Bisque Paramount ME
robotic-capable telescope mount.
The optical specification is 14-inch (356mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain design
operating at f/11 (3910mm focal length). Custom-built dewcaps were
The telescopes have Van Slyke Engineering Omega 2.7" focusers, VSE "Mega-Port
Sidewinders", and matching CCD cameras installed.
Each camera has 6.3 million 9x9 micron pixels in an array of 3072 x 2048 giving a
field of view of 18 x 24 arcmin.
The C14E is equipped, on an experimental basis, with a Shelyak
spectrograph, with a fibre feed designed and constructed by Nic Clarke.
characterizing the system prior to the fibre feed (which leaves many
ED80 – C14W
An Explore Scientific ED80 f/6 apochromatic refractor is piggybacked on the C14W, for wide-field
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