Chile 20″ CDK ‘LRGB First Light’, NGC 4945

I have started to operate a 20″ PlaneWave CDK telescope in San Pedro de Atacama. It’s mainly used for scientific surveys but every now and then I have opportunity to take some pretty pictures. Conditions are excellent down there. Average seeing is around 1.8 FWHM, sometimes even less. This observatory is sponsored by Caisey Harlingten.

I’ve been configuring ACP automation software to be able to automate most of our observations. We are also changing the dome control electronics to be able to operate it remotely.

This is 172 minutes of LRGB data.


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