Read about how the technical Gymnasium in Weinheim, Germany operates remote-controlled telescopes in Hawaii and Australia.

In April, the first German Multiplier-Event for StAnD took place at the Hans-Freudenberg-Schule in Weinheim. The local physics course, group TG2, with the teacher Alexander Knochel, had the opportunity to program the astronomical telescopes of the Faulkes-Telescope network for targeted observations. The course programmed the galaxy M66, the globular cluster Omega Centauri and the nebula Eta Carinae, and the images were taken during the following nights by telescopes in Hawaii and Australia.

In the coming months, the observations will go deeper. The course will observe self-selected nebulae and asteroids and conduct physical analysis. FTP-Europlanet will also be supporting the asteroid observations and the astrometry. The measurements of the asteroid’s positions are an important part within the EU co-funded Erasmus+  project StAnD.

Image of the Galaxy M66
Image of the Galaxy M66, processed by N.Heuer, A. Knochel

Hans-Freudenberg-Schule - Multiplier-Event for StAnD
A student programs the observation of a Globular Cluster, assisted by Lothar Kurtze, FTP-Europlanet. Photo by Lothar Kurtze, FTP-Europlanet

Hans-Freudenberg-Schule - simulation software
Simulation software provides the coordinates of interesting deep-sky objects. Photo by Lothar Kurtze, FTP-Europlanet.

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