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Focal length determination for the 60cm telescope at Astronomical station Vidojevica

Author(s): Cvetković Z. | Damljanović G. | Pavlović R. | Vince O. | Milić I.S. | Stojanović M.

Journal: Serbian Astronomical Journal
ISSN 1450-698X

Volume: 2012;
Issue: 184;
Start page: 97;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: method: observational | telescopes 5 instrumentation: detectors

The focal length of a telescope is an important parameter in determining the angular pixel size. This parameter is used for the purpose of determining the relative coordinates (angular separation and positional angle) of double and multiple stars, and the precise coordinates of extragalactic radio sources (ERS) that are visible at optical wavelengths. At the Astronomical Station Vidojevica we have collected observations of these objects using two CCD cameras, Apogee Alta U42 and SBIG ST-10ME, attached to the 60 cm telescope. Its nominal focal length is 600 cm as given by the manufacturer. To determine the telescope focal length more precisely for both attached detectors, we used angular-separation measurements from CCD images taken at Astronomical Station Vidojevica. The obtained focal lengths are: F42 = (5989 ± 7) mm using the CCD camera Apogee Alta U42 attached to the telescope, and F10 = (5972 ± 4) mm with the CCD camera SBIG ST-10ME attached to the telescope.
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