We are happy to announce that the on-sky factory test of the second GOTO system was successful. These were performed outside ASA headquarters in wintry conditions. All tracking and wind-resistance tests were within expected specs and with excellent tracking performance. An impressive slewing speed of 10 degrees per second was achieved with pointing accuracy better than 10 arcseconds. Despite the freezing conditions, it was possible to obtain beautiful RGB image of IC410 nebula stacked from 10×3 min subexposures (presented above).
The array of 8 ASA 40cm/2.4 H400 telescopes on shared DDM500 mount will be installed in our second dome at Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma island as soon as COVID travel restrictions allow.