The observatory currently has two observing sites. The main site has a Schmidt telescope32/40 cm in diameter positioned in a building affixed in the campaign of Bassano Bresciano and a second station equipped with suburban a Newtonian telescope of 25 cm. in diameter
Position of the observing sites in the area
The observatory main site
is located in the countryside of Bassano Bresciano in a specially constructed building. On the ground floor there are
control equipment of the observatory and the command post, upstairs under a metal dome 5 meters in diameter is the telescope.
It is a Schmidt camera
with a primary mirror of 40 cm, 32 cm corrector plate, focal length is 1000 mm and focal ratio of 3.3.
At the prime focus of the telescope is mounted Starlight HX516 CCD camera with 494 x 658 pixels. This combination allows to obtain
ratio pictures 1.552 seconds of arc in pixels and a field of view of about 12 x 17 arcminutes. In good sky conditions
you can photograph objects with a magnitude of 17. Performing stack multiple images you can shoot objects with a magnitude of 19.5.
The pointing and tracking of the telescope are controlled by a controller real time. A system of recognition and compensation errors periods of the worm screw allows to contain errors tracking below the pixel. The mechanics of the telescope and control software have been completely manufactured in-house.
Telescope panoramic view
Wheels resting on the hours disc, the left wheel is idle, right wheel transmits motion.
Detail of the drive wheel and the motor assembly. The system contains the phase detector which enables the correction of errors periodic worm.
Drive wheel positioning
Idle wheel detail and its regulation
Idle wheel commissioning
The observatory second site
is located in a private courtyard in Bassano Bresciano structure protected by a self-propelled rail. On the base of the telescope is
assembled all the control electronics while in an adjoining room is available for the control computer.
It is a Newton telescope with
mirrors 25 cm in diameter, focal length is 1250 mm and focal ratio of 5.
At the prime focus of the telescope is mounted Starlight MX916 CCD camera with 752 x 580 pixels. This combination allows to obtain
ratio pictures 1.755 seconds of arc in pixels and a field of view of about 22 x 16 arcminutes. In good sky conditions
you can photograph objects with a magnitude of 16.
The mechanics of the telescope and control software have been completely manufactured in-house.
Telescope panoramic view
Motor and electronic view
All mechanical parts of the telescopes have been made thanks to a workshop specially prepared. The machine tools
are: a lathe, two cutters, a miter saw.
workshop east side
workshop west side