“Standardize your custom application”

Retrofitting existing telescopes with state of the art capabilities

Astrometric can retrofit existing telescope, dome or other astronomical instruments with modern standards-based automation equipment.  In addition, Astrometric works with a number of integrators that can be contracted to perform retrofits using our products.  Contact us to discuss your project!

See our installations gallery for a summary of retrofit installations we and our integrators have done.  These projects provided a new lease on life for many existing installations.  Many institutions and individuals already have quality and capable astronomical equipment that simply needs modern functionality applied in the form of an Astrometric-based retrofit.

Total Observatory Solutions

Astrometric can provide complete observatory solutions including, telescope, telescope mount, dome, science/imaging equipment and IT.

Custom Instrumentation

Astrometric has the ability to build custom astronomical instrumentation.  We consider custom products, along with retrofits, to provide important grounding in the total solution space for customers.  We have a very well equipped machine shop with one CNC milling machine, two manual milling machines, multiple modern lathes with capacity to 28” diameter and numerous smaller machine tools.  We have MIG/TIG steel and aluminum welding capability and a depth of experience with composites manufacture.  We also work with a healthy network of contract electronics assembly houses and contract machine shops.

Here are some pictures of past projects as work-in-progress and as completed instruments…

Lee turning high-tensile stainless steel rings…

The XF2 crew (Left to right: Matt, Chris, Erik and Lee)…

Facing the XF2 mount's fork…

Matt the welder…

Any guesses?....

All through-mount wiring on the XF2…

Blend of fine carbon steel sheet metal work, TIG welding and precision turning of a stainless steel bearing seat…

A novell declination drive… encoder feedback assured necessary accuracy…

Chris showing off the XMG2 at Northern Skies Observatory, Vermont, USA.  The XMG2 was designed to allow upgrade to a larger OTAs in the future.  It is designed for a payload significantly in excess of the Planewave CDK17 that is presently installed on it.  It also provides this upgrade path on a mount that does not require a meridian flip (as does a German equatorial) or have a constrained OTA size (as does a fork mount).

CalTech KBO recovery telescope retrofit: Palomar, CA, USA…

Chris in the control room of the 200-inch Hale Telescope: they said it is not broken so Astrometrics can’t fix it!

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