16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph at Tenagra Observatories

August 14th, 2013: "The comet discover total for last season (September 15th, 2012 to June 15th, 2013) for my Dream Astrograph was 6 comets. SIX! It is assuredly an amateur record and perhaps better than any of the professional installations. That is a discovery rate of 2/3rds comets per month or 1 comet every 6 weeks. Check out www.tenagraobservatories.org for more stats. Sure, there is more to the art of discovery than the equipment used. None-the-less the 16" Dream Astrograph delivered the data. So congratulations all around."
- Michael Schwartz, Tenagra Observatories, 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph owner.

May 8th, 2010: "We have had the 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph running asteroid patrol now for 7 nights using a 4K X 4K X 9u with the 4" corrector. Our software finds between a dozen and two dozen new asteroids per night as well as many, many known objects (meaning previously discovered but "lost" objects).

The telescope has also proven itself in the specialized area of asteroid recovery. A lot of the near Earth asteroids are dim and are not tracked very much after discovery. Computations give us a probability distribution telling us where to look to recover such asteroids when they swing by the Earth again. We use to take many exposures with the 0.81-m Ritchey (with a 15' X 15' FOV) for this, but the immense field of view (2.25 sq. degrees) allow us to recapture these with a single exposure on the 16" Dream Astrograph. This frees up a lot of time on the Ritchey for other projects.

Those looking into a Dream Astrograph for this kind of work are barking up the right tree.

May 19th, 2010: 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph discovers NEO on 15th night of use at Tenagra Observatories. Addional information can be found midway down on Tenagra's web site.

"On a nightly basis we discover between a dozen and two dozen unknown MPs (Minor Planets). These are almost main belt, but the discovery rate is VERY high. We take 150s exposures, no filter." - Michael Schwartz, Tenagra Observatories, 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph owner.

June 6th, 2010: Tenagra Observatories discovers its second NEO object with the 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph. The telescope has been name TESS for; TEnagra Sky Survey. On average it is discovering 35 new asteroids and about 400 existing asteroids and/or comets, per night!

October 16th, 2010: Dream Telescopes owner Shane Santi hired for on-site opto-mechanical work.

Click on the M81/M82 thumbnail to the left to see images taken by a Dream customer with their Dream Astrograph.


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