Sommers-Bausch Observatory - University of Colorado

The 24" Telescope Manuals

Here are the Operations Manual and related documents for the SBO 24-Inch Telescope. The manual now reflects the new DFM Telescope Control System that was added during the winter of 1999-2000. Some areas are incomplete and will be altered as we get more experience with the new telescope drive train and computer system.

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Acrobat Reader PDF Documents

24-Inch Telescope Operations Manual

Spectrograph Comparison Lines

Spectrograph Manual

Things that will eventually (hopefully sooner than later) appear in the Spectrograph Manual. Only the active links reference sections that have been completed to date.


The following documents related to the operation of the 24-inch telescope and/or its instrumentation are in the process of being converted to on-line available versions. They will be included here as soon as they are available: