05
Aug
2012

Observing on the 60″ Telescope at Palomar

I spent two weeks installing a new focus and support mechanism for the 60″ telescope at Palomar Mountain. After the work was finished I was fortunate enough to have two nights to two test the performance of my design. Along with testing I was able to get some visual observing and imaging time on the telescope. The visual observing was a near religious experience. Seeing was 0.64 arcseconds and the sky was one of the darkest on record for Palomar. The only camera I had to do astrophotography with was my Nikon D3. It was pretty funny seeing a little DSLR on a really big telescope.