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Wa-chur-ed Observatory
Astro-Photography and Astronomy Tools

"Scientists and artists are very much alike. They are searchers asking questions about human problems. They open the world up for us to show how little we really know, to keep us interested in life."

 

Paraphrased from Josh Ritter

Welcome to Wa-chur-ed

Wa-chur-ed offers galleries of original astro-photography, products to help amateur astronomers, and information for beginners in astronomy and astro-photography.

 

Use the navigation bar at the top of each page to explore the site contents, or click on one of the items on the right to go directly to the latest entries.

 

Latest Astro-Photo:

Coming Soon:  PerfectStar Smart HS

 

Smart Hand Set is an option for all PerfectStar controllers that replaces the standard hand set with one that has a processor and LCD, allowing much greater control without a computer.

PerfectTemp temperature sensor:  This optional accessory to the PerfectStar Focus Controllers provides enhanced performance for temperature-compensated focusing.

Wa-chur-ed is now on Facebook

Latest News & Products Announcements:

 

To get the latest news from WO more frequently (and less formally), check out the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Wa.chur.ed.  The FB page will be updated more frequently than this web site, and will include more information about what I am up to, in both astro-photography and product development.  

Together At Last!

SCA

We are pleased to announce that we can now offer the Hotech SCA, the perfect companion to our MRT adapter.  Together, they complete the rock-solid connection from telescope to camera!

P Temp
Smart HS
Recent Images

PerfectStar Motors are now available for SCTs. Specifically designed for the EdgeHD series (8 to 14 inch aperture), PerfectStar SCT makes it easy to add absolute positioning focus control to popular SCT telescopes.

PS SCT

Latest News & Products Announcements:

 

Permanent Focus

 

Version 5.2 of the PerfectStar Focus Controller firmware (available on the Support page) adds a new feature called “Permanent Focus” that maintains focus from one session to the next.  With this feature, a fixed installation such as an observatory, might operate for a very long time without having to adjust focus.

 

 

2015 Calendar Now Available

 

I have been publishing a calendar of astro-photos each year for several years, but in the past it was always at the end of the year, which left only a couple of months to sell it.  So starting now, it will be printed in August (in time for the Oregon Star Party)

AO Article in ATT

 

Astronomy Technology Today is a bi-monthly publication that focuses on the equipment used by astronomers.  In other words, it’s a magazine for astronomy “gearheads”.  The July/August issue includes an article I wrote titled “To Chase a Star”, which describes my experiments with amateur adaptive optics.  Check it out at www.astronomytechnologytoday.com

Astro-Photos

ASCOM Driver Update

 

Version 6.1 of the PerfectStar Focus Controller ASCOM driver is available on the Support page.  This update fixes the awkward handling of unexpected disconnects or USB failures.  It is recommended for all PerfectStar users.