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First Light

In August of 2001, the large off-axis Solar-C telescope captured this sunspot image marking the start of a truly bright future.

Adaptive Optics Planned

Recently, J. D. Armstrong joined the Solar-C team to integrate adaptive optics into the system. We plan to install a small piezo-electric tip-tilt device on the back of the secondary in order to correct for telescope tracking error, vibration and even atmospheric aberations. A pickoff mirror will be installed near the Gregorian focus directing the image to a fast CCD camera. Then, using cross correllation image techniques we will be able to track on a clear, asymetrical centered image.

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