Hawaii 2012: Seeing the Keck I Telescope move!

| August 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

While in Hawaii for the transit of Venus, Editor Dave Eicher’s group of about 100 travelers trekked up to the summit of Mauna Kea to see the 10-meter Keck I Telescope. They had as their guide a well-known user of the Kecks, Alex Filippenko of the University of California, Berkeley, and the staff at Keck was kind enough to move the telescope for them — a rare sight!

Telescope App is an app for iPhone/iPod Touch that acts as a manual “goto” system. The idea is to make a cheap, app-based alternative to a goto system – but instead of using motors to move your telescope automatically, you would use Telescope App to guide yourself to the object. You start by mounting your iPhone on the telescope tube and going through the calibration process. You then select an object that you want to navigate to. The app then then tells you how to move your telescope to locate the selected object by providing feedback on your position using a slider. In this video: You’ll see how the calibration is performed.
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  1. Jim Hendrickson says:

    This is great. We were treated to a 180 degree dome rotation at the 100-inch at Mount´╗┐ Wilson during our transit of Venus festivities.

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