Patrick Winklers Observatory
Inside the Observatory

Roll-off Roof Observatory

At the beginning my equipment was still small and I only took photos mobile. But with the continuation the demands grew and the idea of ​​building an observatory came up. Also, sitting in the cold all the time and loading and unloading the equipment was just too stupid. So it was a matter of finding a suitable location that was not too far away and offered ideal conditions. Since there are only a few regions with really dark skies in Austria, a good location was found relatively soon.

My observatory is fully automated and controllable via the internet. In addition, it is equipped with an
All-Sky-Camera, SQM, weather monitoring system, a seeing monitor and a lightning protection system.

Size: 3 x 3m
Location: Joglland / Styria
(-760m above sea level)
SQM 21.6

Telescope and Mount

My current telescope is an ASA 400 16" RC (Ritchey-Chrétien) with a focal length of 3200mm (0.24"/px) on an ASA DDM 100 direct drive german equatorial mount with absolute encoders (load capacity 100kg). For imaging the night sky i use a ZWO ASI 6200 MM Pro camera with a FLI CFW2-7 filter wheel.

ASA DDM 100 with ASA 16

All Sky Camera

All-Sky-Camera and Seeing Monitor

For remote imaging its very important to have as much information as possible from the observatory site. The Seeing at my location is excellent for Central Europe and the weather is quite stable. Especially in summer, however, very severe thunderstorms can occur.

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