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Opening and Starting up the Telescope

Opening the Dome

  1. Check to make sure the Dome Opening and Dome Rotation power switches are ON, located to the right of the computer desk. (These should always been on.)
  2. Look for the box with the two levers along the bottom edge of the dome. If they are in an unreachable place, use the Dome Rotation lever to the right of the computer desk to rotate the dome.
  3. First open the top part of the dome by pushing the TOP lever to the RIGHT. This will stop automatically once it is completely opened. It can be stopped before completely opened by pushing the lever back to the center 'off' position.
  4. Once the Top lip has cleared the Bottom, push the BOTTOM lever to the LEFT. This needs to be manually stopped by pushing the lever back to the center 'off' position. You will hear the motors straining once it is fully opened.

Powering up the Telescope

  5. Remove the cover for the large mirror.
  6. Plug in the transformer (on the floor) at the base of the telescope.
  7. Turn ON the power for the telescope on the black box in the base. Listen for 2 beeps.
  8. Turn the power supply ON (on the floor) and check that it is at approximately 12 Volts.
  9. Turn ON the Telescope Command Center II (the focuser).
 10. Check that the hand paddle is on.
 11. Double click the joystick to HOME the telescope. Listen for 3 beeps.
         The telescope is now ready to use!

Closing and Shutting Down the Telescope

Powering down the Telescope

  1. Double click the joystick to HOME the telescope. Listen for 3 beeps.
  2. Turn OFF the Telescope Command Center II.
  3. Turn OFF the Focuser power supply on the floor.
  4. Turn OFF the telescope at the base.
  5. Unplug the transformer.
  6. Recover the mirror and any eyepieces.

Closing the Dome

  7. Rotate the dome so that the levers are reachable.
  8. Close the Bottom by pushing the BOTTOM switch to the RIGHT. Return the lever back to the center 'off' position once it is fully closed.
  9. Close the Top by pushing the TOP switch to the LEFT. It will automatically stop when fully closed.