CASTLE OF CLOUDS
Welcome to my observatory! Here is where most of my images are made. Nicknamed "Castle of clouds" the observatory is located in Varkaus, Finland. Behind it is one of the observatories that belongs to amateur astronomical association Warkauden Kassiopeia. You can find more about them here.
The observatory construction began in March 2019 with me and my friend. It took a year to get everything constructed and many months of fine tuning to make sure everything works as intended. Biggest challenge in the building process was to make everything as reliable as possible.
The telescopes are fully automatic and are operated via Sequence Generator Pro -software. Both of them are capable of running without human interaction all night long. This makes it possible to acquire alot of exposure time with ease. Usually every deep sky photograph on this site has an exposure time between 10 and 40 hours. Also calibration frames can be acquired automatically.
If human interaction is needed we can see what is going on with surveilance cameras that can are sensitive to infrared light. This way it is possible to turn on external infrared light panels without disturbing other observers on-site that could be doing visual astronomy.
Currently the observatory houses a 100mm apochromatic refractor and a 200mm Newtonian reflector that belongs to my friend Erik Pirtala. Go check out his Astrobin too!