Remote telescopes (for use by classes)
|M104 (galaxy). Taken by HOU TRA Mike Ford, June 2004. [Click for larger image]
Image of M1, Crab Nebula, by a special needs student working with HOU TRA Mike Ford using a 20″ telescope at Elk Creek Observatory near Holton, Kansas.
M16 – First light image by Bob Holmes using the 32″ F/4 scope of Astronomical Research Institute (ARI). Limiting magnitude should be 21.5 (in 5min). Currently 20.6 (in 30 sec). See ARI website.
The exposure time is 4″ to keep from blooming the bright stars in the field with the STL 1001E. We expect to put in a 1.5x photographic Barlow field flattener tomorrow to operate at F/6. F/8 is possible using a 2x photographic Barlow.
Photo shows Judith Goldhaber with HOU founder, Carl Pennypacker, and Stephen Hawking after a reception in his honor that featured the Oakland Symphony chorus performing some songs from “Falling Through a Hole in the Air (by Judith Goldhaber with HOU founder, Carl Pennypacker). Stephen is writing “That was really good!!!” on his eyebrow-activated writing/speaking computer.