CCD problems

Tonight has been very annoying. It has been the best weather of the whole week (apart from an hour or so after 1am) and we are still having problems with our CCD camera (it is basically a very good/expensive version of the chip that you get in the back of a digital camera but designed for very sensitive work). Ours is made be Apogee Instruments who are normally very good, but we have had no end of trouble with this one (an AP47-p for those that are interested) all week. We reckon that part of it is down to a software problem (we are using something called Maxim DL) as we are sure that it is displaying the wrong temperature. When we switch it on it claims that the camera is at a temperature well below what it should be. The camera itself keeps playing up and displaying really bad images. We have written an email to the makers so hopefully they have some ideas. Our current theory is that it might be something to do with static affecting the electronics as the humidity has dropped a lot.

So the result is that we don't really have any proper images after 4 or 5 days. We really need to solve the camera problem tomorrow so that we can make the most of our second week.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 21st Sep 2003 (07:48 UTC) | Permalink
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