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Observing log 28 Feb 2011 0

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Matt

Matt Craig and Shouvik Bhattacharya were at Feder Observatory tonight. Initial setup went fine, but we ran into an error connecting to the camera. Turns out the fix was easy: disconnect and reconnect the camera cable to the telescope.

Air temperature in the dome was about 13 degrees F, focus without a filter, is 2800.

Imaged M81, M51, Polaris

Switched to R filter, adjusted focus to 2795, not perfect for faint stars but ok for brighter.

Imaged M81, M51

Switched to V filter, adjusted focus to 2785.

Imaged BH AUR, M51, M81, then back to BH AUR

Shot darks in between M81 and BH AUR, and after BH AUR

Called it a night around 10:15PM!


Common Problems and How To Fix Them 0

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Matt
  • Camera does connect (Could not initialize CCD camera (5)
    • Try unplugging the cable connecting the camera to the computer and plugging it back in.
    • If that doesn’t work, check the device driver; find the device list by going to Start, right click on My Computer and click on Manage:

 See if there is a yellow exclamation point next to the Alta camera driver. If so, uninstall the driver (not delete–to uninstall, click on the yellow flag and a pop-up appears. Uninstall driver is one of the options.)  After uninstalling, the New Hardware Found Wizard shows up. Ask it to install driver from known location. The Wizard knows where the Alta camera driver is and will whirl around doing its thing.


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