DSW promotes teamwork—it’s one of our guiding principles and puts remote, dark site imaging within reach of the backyard imager. Among our primary goals is to make remote imaging “affordable for the rest of us”. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel since we’ve already procured a site, implemented the infrastructure, built the observatory, and hired on-site support. Affordable remote imaging, every clear night, is within your grasp—no building, no driving, no sleepless nights, no hourly points systems.
Join an existing team (as low as $600/year). This is the easiest way to start remote imaging at DSW. We have 5 DSW-operated systems for you to choose from. The teams operate very simply: general imaging standards are set for exposure times and binning, all members participate in a democratic target selection process, and all data is shared equally among the team members. Final images belong to the processor.
- PlaneWave CDK20 20″ w/ Carbon Truss and Fused Silica Mirrors + Apogee G07 + Adaptive Optics + Paramount MEII with Encoders ($3,600 / year)
- RC Optical 14.5″ Carbon Truss + SBIG STX-16803 + Adaptive Optics + Paramount ME ($2,400 / year)
- Astro-Physics RH-305 + FLI ML8300 +Paramount ME ($1,800 / year)
- Rokinon 135mm f/2.8 “Ultra Wide Field” + QSI583ws +Paramount ME ($600 / year)
- FSQ-106 + MyT + QSI683wsg-8 ($1,200 / year)
Start a team ($700/month hosting fee). Anyone with suitable equipment can join DSW as an individual, or start an imaging team. This involves finding a core group of imagers who together have, or can acquire a complete imaging system. For example, one DSW imaging team utilizes TEC 160 owned by a member / founder from Texas with team members from Italy and China. This team splits the pier lease costs. All data is shared equally amongst the imaging team members.
Once you’ve developed a team we can help you do the installation if you can’t make the trip out. We charge a nominal fee to do set-up and testing which is just enough to cover our costs. Most teams do their own installations and for them we provide free accommodations in the on-site residence.