iTelescope - T30 - Deep Space - Australia

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Location Information

Observatory: iTelescope.Net at Siding Spring Observatory Australia - MPC Q62

Telescope:  0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer

Timezone:  UTC +10:00 New South Wales, Australia Daylight savings time is observed.

Minimum Target Elevation: Approx 25º degrees

South 31° 16' 24" East 149° 03' 52"  

Elevation: 1122m  MPC Code Q62

Operational Notes

Deep Field. Hybrid Missions. Typically used for Photometry and Imaging. FITS and TIF file formats. Dark Frame calibration data is available for  60, 120, 180, 300, 600  second exposures. Binx1 - Binx2.  Raw data can be found at

  • Recommended Maximum Exposure 300 seconds.
  • T30 is fitted with a 0.66 Focal reducer.
  • The Planewave Ascension 200HR mount is so accurate whilst tracking that iTelescope Admin have disabled active guidance, with a corresponding decrease in session setup time when imaging.
  • Note: T30 is fitted with a very sensitive  Non Anti Blooming Gate (NABG) CCD. Beware of long exposures on moderate to bright stars or targets and use a bracket of short exposures or use software to repair any blooming artifacts.

Instrument Package

CCD:  FLI-PL6303E  CCD camera

QE: 68% Peak

Full Well:  ~100,000e-  Non Anti Blooming Gate (NABG)

Dark Current:   <.005 e-/pixel/sec. @ -45º C

Pixel Size:  9um Square

Resolution:  0.81 arc-secs/pixel

Sensor:  Frontlit 

Cooling:  Set to -35ºC default 

Array:  3072 by 2048 (6.3 Megapixels) 

FOV:      27.8 x 41.6 arc-mins


AstroDon Tru-Balance Gen 2 E series Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, 5nm Ha, 5nm SII, 5nm OIII, and AstroDon Johnson/Cousins UvBVRcIc

Position Angle: 086º


Telescope Optics

OTA: Planewave 20" (0.51m) CDK

Optical Design: Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph

Aperture: 510mm

Focal Length: 2280mm (0.66 Focal Reducer Fitted)

F/Ratio: f/4.5

Guiding: Active Guiding Disabled 

Mount: Planewave Ascension 200HR