Sunday, April 28, 2013

Tiny Telescope for Near Space

Telescope photo showing the Moon
The next Near Space flight will carry a small telescope up into the fringes of space, and will be capable of imaging planned celestial objects during the day and night. The first time telescope will be equipped with a battery operated CCD camera imager capable of single integration color or black and white at ISO 28,000 or more.

Short term integration
The initial tests will be unguided, i.e. accepting the motions of the spacecraft. We will study the best spacecraft orientations for particular telescopic data collecting and imaging with the greatest points of stability and least angular rotation and linear motion.

This will occur at nodal points established during the flight.

The telescope will include an Image Stabilizer to reduce imaging motion and produce more clear and less trailed images.

Solar imaging
With over 10 million pixels, the telescope can produce fine resolution shots.

This is an electronic telescope with a built in CCD Charge Coupled Device.
The telescope is equipped to do integrations of up to 15 seconds to capture faint objects and possible star fields during flight. Solar integrations can be as short as 1/1,600th of a second.

Atmospheric effects
The small telescope is variable at f/2 to F/4.9 with a focal length from 28mm to 105mm. Part of the telescope is electronic, thus capable of FL modification.

A 3-inch color monitor is attached to the telescope for focus, framing and viewing in various modes.

Storage Media
Deep Sky M57 on storage

iPhone 5 support with Siri AI
Free iPhone app supplements telescope data

Image storing is available in the following formats: RAW 3648 x 2736, JPEG 3648 x 2736, JPEG 2816 x 2112, JPEG 1600 x 1200, JPEG 640 x 480, JPEG 3648 x 2048, JPEG 2816 x 1584, JPEG 1920 x 1080, JPEG 640 x 360, JPEG 3648 x 2432, JPEG 2816 x 1880, JPEG 1600 x 1064, JPEG 640 x 424, JPEG 2736 x 2736, JPEG 2112 x 2112, JPEG 1200 x 1200, JPEG 480 x 480, JPEG 2192 x 2736, JPEG 1696 x 2112, JPEG 960 x 1200, JPEG 384 x 480.

M1 integration
The high technology telescope supports HD recording and uses a folded lens design. This is specifically designed for Near Space flight and has low profile compacted folded dimensions of approximately 4-inches x 2 x  1. The folding design extends another one inch to the 1-inch dimension. It can do continuous auto timed repeated imaging at about 2 FPS running on Lithium Ion batteries. Images are saved to a multi media card which can be retrieved after the flight.

Small telescopes can be supported with iPhone 5 functions, including the built in talk-to artificial intelligence SIRI when the sound environment is relatively quiet.