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The Lowspec spectrometer


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In case anyone is interested here's some images of spectra and the Lowspec from Paul Gehrlach's posts on the German forum:

Daylight line spectrum in near IR

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The corresponding spectrum:

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The 3D Printed design of the Lowspec:

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I have quite a way to go with the build but have made a start! :D 

Louise

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2 hours ago, ejp1684 said:

My Lowspec comes in at 764gms, 914gms included the two (very light) CMOS cameras.

Eric.

Hi Eric

What camera do you use for acquiring the spectrum? Maybe my qhy183m might be a bit heavy to hang off the plastic case? It's otherwise a really good camera but a dedicated alternative might be better since I also use the 183m for dso.

Louise

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5 minutes ago, ejp1684 said:

Yes, small sensor, but not noisy.

Eric.

I'll bear that in mind. I assumed a cooled cmos would be better. The 183M 13.3 x 8.9mm so just over twice the horizontal width of the 290M. Another option might be the slightly bigger 178M. I'll have to dwell on it :)

Louise 

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Interesting design.

I've been kicking around designs for a Littrow spectrograph using an off-axis paraboloid, grating and plane mirror from Edmund, but it's looking pricey. No CAD, pencil and paper at the most as yet.

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I think I made a boo-boo with the diffraction grating. I only just noticed that I inadvertently bought one with a blaze wavelength of 1um rather than 500nm. Tut. I'd just looked at the lines/mm I assume it won't work too well (if at all) in the normal visible range? I've not opened the case so maybe Thorlabs will let me exchange it...

Louise

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On 08/11/2019 at 13:20, Thalestris24 said:

I think I made a boo-boo with the diffraction grating. I only just noticed that I inadvertently bought one with a blaze wavelength of 1um rather than 500nm. Tut. I'd just looked at the lines/mm I assume it won't work too well (if at all) in the normal visible range? I've not opened the case so maybe Thorlabs will let me exchange it...

Louise

Ken? @Merlin66 

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39 minutes ago, Merlin66 said:

Louise,

I'd try to exchange the grating... you really need the 500nm for visual.

Ken

 

Yeah, I have asked them if I can exchange it, otherwise it's an expensive mistake. It was so easy to click on gr25-610 instead of gr25-605... I just wondered if it might be of any use at all

Louise

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I was wondering... How useful/necessary is a slit illuminator? What does the camera see exactly with/without the slit being illuminated? There is an optional illuminator on the Lowspec. I'm just printing the part out in white PLA. There is a connection (a hole) to facilitate attaching and using a Baader Illuminator. They are quite expensive, though - would an adjustable LED do instead or am I being naïve?

Thanks for any explanation/advice :)

Louise

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Louise,

I've tried slit illuminators.... (ASA, p203/4) but to be honest they didn't add any functionality.

The key is it have a reflective slit plate which allows the slit gap to be seen (most of the time) against the sky background, and just position the target star in/on the gap and guide.

AstroArt has a neat slit guiding routine. I also persuaded the guys at PHD2 to include a slit guiding option. This produces a "virtual" slit in the guide screen which can be positioned exactly over the actual slit position, makes life much easier.

With the OVIO reflective slit plate you'll be OK.

 

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