U.S. Air Force big telescope

Big telescope for U.S. Air Force!

Colorado we are coming!

ASA is proud to announce the installation of our big 1m robotic telescope to be used by the United States Air Force for robotic space debris research. The versatile 1 meter system will also be used for exoplanet searches and orbital detection.

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Colorado we are coming!

Big telescope for U.S. Air Force!

Customer Statement

“AstroSysteme Austria (ASA) delivered and installed a 1-meter (f/6) equatorial fork mount Ritchey-Chrétien reflectiong telescope to our observatory on Tuesday, 8 October 2019. The telescope was operational in just two days (including creation of the initial pointing file) …


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The telescope system will be used to:

  • support cadet and faculty research projects
  • connect the Falcon Telescope Network across the world
  • study man-made, Earth-orbiting objects and deep-space natural phenomena such as planets orbiting other stars

Our Solution

THE ASA EQ1000, a big 1m equatorial telescope:

  • Direct Drive motors
  • All axis with absolute encoder
  • Unguided blind tracking performance
  • Derotator with encoder system

Products in use

ASA EQ1000 f6.76

1000mm Ritchey-Chrétien equatorial telescope f6.76 f2

  • Optical design: Ritchey-Chrétien RC
  • Linear central obstruction: 35%
  • Focus position: Cassegrain
  • Focal length: 6760mm
  • Focal ratio system: f6.76
  • Clear Aperture / Focal Ratio Primary Mirror: 1000mm / f2
  • Image field: 150mm (1.27 degrees)
  • Mirror material: Fused silica
  • Surface quality: >94 strehl
  • Microroughness: 1nm RMS / <0.7nm Ra
  • Coating: Al+SiO2 >91%
  • Back Focus from flange: 316.61mm
  • Weight tube: 2100kg (4630 lbs)
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