Night-time observations at Schauinsland

The Schauinsland observatory is used not only for solar observations: In 2013, an additional 14" Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope was installed that is used for night-time observations. It has a parallactical mount and is located in the old refractor tower. The telescope is connected to a GoTo software which allows the observer to easily point at different objects.

Full moon: Mosaic of Speckle reconstructions of moon images.

Four Messeir objects: M32, M42, M13, and M57, from upper left to lower right.

Image of M13 (Globular cluster in the constellation of Hercules)

Half moon: Mosaic of Speckle reconstructions of moon images.

Currently, the telescope is used for a 'Staatsexamen’ thesis aimed at designing an experiment for the astronomical practical course given at KIS. Within this project, multiple Messier objects and the Moon have been photographed for testing purposes. The images of the Messier objects were taken with a SBIG CCD camera that allows for color imaging with the help of additional interference filters. For the relatively bright Moon, speckle techniques were applied to achieve a high spatial resolution. For this purpose, a PCO-2000 camera was used which has a sufficient frame rate for speckle imaging.