Inside the roll-off at Orion’s Belt Remote Observatory we have 2 operating imaging platforms:
Pier 1, on the East side of the observatory, consists of the 400mm Officina Stellare RiDK
The RiDK 400mm (16″) Is not just a modified Dall Kirkham reflector. Designed by Massimo Riccardi (of Riccardi -Honders fame) , the telescope produces a wide, flat focal plane more than 65mm diameter. The corrector lens is positioned closer to the focal plane than other designs virtually eliminating chromatic abberation. The focal length is f/7 or 2800mm
The mount for the 16 is a Paramount MEII with on axis encoders, thus eliminating periodic error. Currently the pointing accuracy is 4 arc sec RMS
The focuser/rotator for the 16″ is a Rotofocus V3. Extremely high accuracy, 0.1 micron steps. The camera is an SBIG STX 16803 with AOX and FW7 filter wheel.
Pier 2 is on the West side of the observatory and has potentially 3 telescope options: Currently mounted are the Takahashi Epsilon 180ED and Tak FSQ106N. Also available is a Tak TOA 130NFB. The mount is a Paramount MX+. Camera on the Tak 106 is an SBIG STXL 6303E. A canon 60Da is mounted on the Tak 180. The focuser/rotator on the FSQ is Moonlite Nitecrawler which is also used for the 130. We have a Van Slyke focuser on the Tak 180 with a Robofocus unit installed. Another camera option we have for pier 2 is an Atik 460EX with filter wheel