By way of a generous cash donation from the Boeing Employees Community
Fund, the Alliance for Astronomy, Inc. was able to purchase an
excellent 80cm (32-in) telescope from Al Kelly in Houston, Texas. The
telescope was moved from Texas to a temporary site in Moscow Mills,
Missouri in September, 2006. Since acquiring the telescope we have
upgraded the drive system to make it a go-to telescope using
servomotors and a controller from Sidereal Technology. Another grant
from the Boeing ECF partially provided funds to purchase an SBIG
STL-1001 ccd camera with photometric filters (V and I, with B added
subsequently) and a Paracorr coma corrector. The system produces
excellent images across a 23.5x23.5 arcmin field of view. Club members
have used it to measure variable stars (~25,000 measurements in 2008
sent to the AAVSO) and detailed observations of the transits of extra
solar planets across the face of their stars.NOTE:
Due to a severe wind storm on July 3, 2011and resulting damage the 80cm telescope is down. The optics are fine, but currently the scope is unusable. We are trying to find a home at a new location at Broemmelsiek Park, but so far our efforts have been unsuccessful. Until a new home is found we will be unable to fix the damage created by the storm.
Check back later to see the status of this telescope.