Abstract

Measuring the change in the optical alignment of a camera attached to a telescope is necessary to perform astrometric measurements. Camera movement when the telescope is refocused changes the plate constants, invalidating the calibration. Monitoring the shift in the optical axis requires a stable internal reference source. This is easily implemented in a Petzval refractor by adding an illuminated pinhole and a small obscuration that creates a spot of Arago on the camera. Measurements of the optical axis shift for a commercial telescope are given as an example.

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