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Packaging Skinakas’ primary mirror

Back in November of 2019, the primary mirror (of 1.3m) at the Skinakas Observatory was dismounted to send it for recoating (a procedure performed once every 4-5 years). The following short clip shows the packaging of the mirror, a very delicate procedure (the whole process took several hours … compressed to a few minutes).

Skinakas return!

Yesterday was the first night that I found myself at Skinakas Observatory. Even though some years have passed, there are really minor changes. The mountain welcomed us with great weather (scarce clouds, humidity close to 50%, and almost no wind at all!), while the seeing proved to be really good (~1″).

New Paper on exoplanets – the SEAWOLF project

Trawling for transits in a sea of noise: A Search for Exoplanets by Analysis of WASP Optical Lightcurves and Follow-up (SEAWOLF) E. Gaidos, D. R. Anderson, S. Lepine, K. D. Colon, G. Maravelias, N. Narita, E. Chang, J. Beyer, A. Fukui, J. D. Armstrong, A. Zezas, B. J. Fulton, A. W. Mann, R. G. West, […]

Comets from Skinakas

A couple of experiments (with Manos Kardasis) on comets from Skinakas Observatory.  

Jupiter IR images from Skinakas

I was able to take a series of IR images from Skinakas telescope and Manos Kardasis did all the job with the processing. Here are the results:  

Planetary imaging from Skinakas telescope

In late August 2012 we (me and Manos Kardasis) tested the video capture method for planetary imaging using the 1.29m Skinakas‘ telescope. Although not aware of what problems to expect we finally didn’t encounter any (as Manos had been really working on this with great care and caution) but for the weather and seeing. So, […]

Skinakas fast facts

Check Sinakas’ site for more details. Location (latitude / longitude / altitude): 35 12 43 N 24 53 57 E     [in deg, min, sec] 35.2119 N 24.8992 E     [in deg] 1750m Optical characteristics (scales/resolutions): item pixel size pixels fov scale/resolution optical system – – – 0.0209 arcsec/μm focal reducer (x 1.87) – – – 0.0390 […]

Book – Skinakas Observatory: A view at the Universe

A great new book is available for the Crete Univesrity Press, Skinakas Observatory: A view at the Universe (language: Greek). It is a photo tour around the Universe through magnificent images obtained from the 1.3m telescope of Skinakas Observatory. Contents: Introduction / Skinakas Observatory: a short historical review / Skinakas: a great astronomical location / […]