United States Military Acadamy
West Point Observatory
West Point 16.5 foot Observatory Dome
Working with Ralph Emerson of Oceanside Photo and Telescope, Trey Mcgriff and I flew to
Newark NJ on Wednesday September 23 2015. We drove to West Point Military Acadamy on
Thursday morning and met with Dr. Paula Fekete and LTC Stacy Godshall. We proceeded
up to the observatory and began installation of the telescope and Paramount.
Trey McGriff made these panoramas of the West Point Militay Acadamy Campus. For the roof
view, he climbed a ladder and stood on another buildings roof. The old dome on is visible
the extreme right of the roof view. You can feel the history of this place. Just beautiful.
Click on either image for the views.
West Point Observatory Dome
Trey McGriff and myself with the Observatory Dome
visible on the roof of Bartlett Hall building
Pier-Tech Telescoping Pier
Dome rotator motor
Installing the counterweights
Photo by Dr.Paula Fekete
Balancing the Telescope
Photo by Dr.Paula Fekete
Dr. Paula Fekete and LTC Stacy Godshall after
Paramount is installed
Base - Paramount - Counter weights - Telescope
Observatory Control Computers
TheSkyX installed on the computer.
All connects and controls normally.
After waiting for dark, we Polar aligned the Paramount with normal adjustments to the pier
and mount. After alignment, several cadets came up to the observatory. We gave Dr. Fekete
a bit of training using TheSkyX to control the mount. She slewed the scope to the moon and all
enjoyed the First Light views.|
We are planning on coming back at a later date to install the SBIG cameras and software for astrophotography and further training.
Returned to West Point October 17, 2016
Official Contractors Badge
I am performing much needed maintenance on 12 inch Meade SCT and setting it up for Planetary imaging using
a ZWO ASI120MC camera, 2x Barlow and flip mirror|
Star party on the roof with the Cadets using the 12 inch Meade SCT to view the Moon|
Planetary Camera train for the 12 inch scope - ZWO ASI120MC video camera, Orion flip mirror with
TPO para focal eyepiece and TPO 2 inch 2x Barlow
Above ZWO video Planetary Camera train installed on the 16 inch Scope.
Lunar Craters imaged by Cadet Isaac Ferrell
Dr. Fekete attaching the SBIG STX-16803 to the Optec Gemini Focuser/Rotator
Installed SBIG STX-16803 camera. The train consists of an
Optec Gemini Focuser/Rotator, SBIG STX Guider, SBIG FW5-STX Filter Wheel with LRGB Ha Filters. Camera,
Filter wheel controlled by MaximDL6. Mount, Dome and Gemini controlled by TheSkyX|
Using TheSkyX and MaximDl 6 Dr. Fekete took her first guided LRGB image.
Using TheSkyX and MaximDl 6 Cadet Calvin Nguyen his first guided HaLRGB image
under direction from Dr. Fekete and myself as advisor.
I am shaking hands with department Head, Col Ed Naessens who is very happy with the installation
and progress the Cadets are making using the observatory as evidenced by the above images.
Col Naessens presents me with an award medalion - very much apprectated