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Back from the observatory instrumentation course
The astronomical instrumentation
course I attended during the past week end at the Valle d'Aosta
observatory was a lot of fun. The sky was more or less veiled during
both of the nights and the Moon was nearly full (being a lunar junkie,
that was not so bad for me
:-) But we managed to do
some observations and a lot of practical activities with the
The instructors were skilled and knowledgeable, both in using and building telescopes. I learnt a lot, including some non-obvious -- well, at least for me -- issues on CCD imaging. The other students were nice and fun too.
The picture below shows yours truly next to the observatory's 40 cm f/8 R-C telescope. If you mostly use small instruments, the amount of detail you get on the Moon from such a large scope is amazing.
The other Paolo in the picture (posted with his permission) is a friend of mine, who is an operator at the observatory and is also a colleague of mine at Brera. It turns out that Paolo is the most common first name among operators at the Valle d'Aosta observatory. Go figure.
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