The Crescent Moon Observatory

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The Crescent Moon Observatory is a roll-away shed covering a C14 telescope on a Losmandy GM-150 mount.

Rolled back it opens the sky to the telescope. Built in 1991 mostly by my brother Peter Kaiser, to whom I am forever grateful.

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Once a target is acquired, the telescope fine pointing and CCD camera are run from inside the "Control Room". An old P133 computer is sufficient.

The mount has been updated to a AP900, 
adding GOTO capability.

Originally equipped for photoelectric photometry, this has been upgraded to CCD technology. Seen here is an ST-9E CCD camera + JMI motorized focuser + Optec filter slider (BVR filters) + C14 telescope. Not seen is an Optec WideField .5 focal reducer inside the focuser. This doubles the field of view. Resulting in a field of view 18' x 18'.

Once closed, the Crescent Moon Observatory looks very much like a tool shed. Or perhaps an outhouse, hence it's name.

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