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Fornax Mounts in Chile – Fornax 200 Installation

Fornax Mounts in Chile – Fornax 200 Installation

Zoltan at 365astronomy got hold of some images of Fornax Mounts staff installing their latest (and so far largest) telescope mount, a Fornax 200.

(365Astronomy is proud to be the official UK distributor of Fornax Mounts…)

The Fornax 200 mount has been specifically designed and developed for this project and is part of the HAT Project (Hungarian Automated Telescope Project). For now we’ll just show you the images here and maybe add more of the story later if Pali tells us about some details…

Basically, Pali (officially Pal Sari, but we just call him Pali, read it as “Palee”) the CEO at Fornax Mounts went to the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to participate in the installation of a Officina Stellare 70cm (appr. 28″) Ritchey-Chretien astrograph and their Fornax 200 equatorial mount. The Fornax 200 mount has been designed to fit the geographical location of the observatory, so the latitude can only be adjusted few degrees at the base of the mount.

Before the installation they had some time to check out two HAT Project telescope systems (4 Takahashi APO refractors on 2 mounts, 8 telescopes in total…) , also supplied by Fornax Mounts few years earlier. These telescopes are used for exoplanet hunting. The first few images show these telescope systems…

After the successful installation of the Fornax 200 they travelled to the south of Chile , so we’ve also included few photos that show the mountains, wildlife (viscacha), and some famous street art of Valparaiso as well.

As you can see from the below images they enjoyed the time and managed to find time for more than just the installation of the telescope…

Las Campas Observatory - HAT Project - Exoplanet Research Telescopes

Las Campas Observatory – HAT Project – Exoplanet Research Telescopes

 

Las Campanas Observatory HAT (Hungarian Automated Telescope) Project

Las Campanas Observatory HAT (Hungarian Automated Telescope) Project

HAT Project Takahashi Telescopes closeup

HAT Project Takahashi Telescopes closeup (the orange tubes are the Takahashi telescopes…)

HAT Project Takahashi Telescopes closeup

HAT Project Takahashi Telescopes closeup (quite a complex system manages the automatic operation of this scientific instrument; all developed by Hungarian specialists)

Las Campas Observatory - Officina Stellare ProRC 700 unpacking

Las Campas Observatory – Officina Stellare ProRC 700 unpacking

Las Campas Observatory - Fornax 200 mount base

Las Campas Observatory – Fornax 200 mount base

Las Campas Observatory - Fornax 200 mount base

Las Campas Observatory – moving into position the Fornax 200 mount base

Las Campas Observatory - Fornax 200 mount head

Las Campas Observatory – Fornax 200 mount head

 

 

Las Campas Observatory - Fornax 200 mount head

Las Campas Observatory – Fornax 200 mount head

 

 

 

 

Las Campas Observatory - Installation of Officina Stellare ProRC 700 onto Fornax 200 mount

Las Campas Observatory – Installation of Officina Stellare ProRC 700 onto Fornax 200 mount

Las Campas Observatory – Officina Stellare ProRC 700 with Fornax 200 mount – installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Campas Observatory - Pal Sari, CEO of Fornax Mounts with the installed system

Las Campas Observatory – Pal Sari, CEO of Fornax Mounts with the installed system

Las Campas Observatory - group photo

Las Campas Observatory – group photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chile Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds at the Las Campanas Observatory - No wonder why people do astronomy there... ;o)

Chile – Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds at the Las Campanas Observatory – No wonder why people do astronomy there… ;o)

 

 

 

Chile - Viscacha

Chile – Viscacha (that’s the name of this sweet looking animal…;o)

 

 

 

South Chile Mountains

South Chile Mountains

 

 

 

 

South Chile Mountains

South Chile Mountains (volcano…)

 

 

 

South Chile Mountains

South Chile Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chile Valparaiso

Chile Valparaiso

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chile Valparaiso port

Chile Valparaiso port

 

 

 

 

Chile, Valparaiso - World Heritage Street Art

Chile, Valparaiso city center – World Heritage Street Art

Chile, Valparaiso - World Heritage Street Art

Chile, Valparaiso city center – World Heritage Street Art

Chile, Valparaiso - World Heritage Street Art

Chile, Valparaiso city center – World Heritage Street Art

 

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Posted on August 6th, 2016.