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