Telescope

Main Optical Tube Assembly
PIRATE Mark 1 - until August 2010
Celestron-14

PIRATE Mark 2 - from August 2010
PlaneWave Instruments CDK17
17 inch aperture
focal length 2939 mm

Main Camera
Since September 2011
SBIG camera STX-16803
KAF-16803 CCD, 4096 x 4096 pixels @ 9µm
42 arc min field of view
5 position filter wheel

Before September 2011
SBIG camera STL1001E
1024 x 1024 pixels @ 24µm
29 arc min field of view
8 position filter wheel


Guiderscope
Celestron
aperture 80mm
focal length 600mm
SBIG camera ST402 ME
765 x 510 pixels @ 9µm
40 arcmin field of view


Mount
Paramount ME



Dome

In August 2009 PIRATE moved into
a 3.5 m All-Sky dome in clam-shell
design, manufactured by Baader Planetarium.


Software

Main user interface:
ACP Observatory Control by
DC-3 Dreams

Driver for Paramount: TheSky
Camera control: MaximDL
Focus control: Focus Max


CDK17





AllSky dome
PIRATE logo


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