DFM Engineering has completed the construction of the new 1.6 meter solar telescope! The Big Bear
Solar Observatory is providing live coverage of the installation!
DFM shipped the solar telescope on 9/26/08 to Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO)
located at Big Bear Lake, CA. The Observatory is operated by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
An active webcam and domecam are capturing the events. Assembly of a 1.6 meter telescope is quite fascinating,
requiring expert technicians and planning.
Big Bear Solar Observatory
NOTE: In the navigational menu, click on the word "images" then click on webcam or domecam.
The Big Bear Solar Observatory has awarded DFM Engineering with the construction of a new 1.6 meter
Production is underway at DFM Engineering of the new 1.6 meter solar telescope for Big Bear Solar Observatory
(BBSO) located at Big Bear Lake, California.
The Observatory is operated by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
The progress of the telescope manufacturing has been documented with interesting online photos.
Big Bear Solar Telescope
Supporting direct imaging and spectroscopy, DFM announces the next generation of Guide Acquire Modules:
the Smart Auto Guider™ (SAG™)!
DFM Engineering has made many Guide-Acquire-Modules (GAMs) for Cassegrain telescopes. Usually these GAMs
include a X-Y stage for off axis guiding.
Recently, there has been a demand for a different GAM that incorporates off axis guiding from a remote
location. DFM has defined this next generation GAM and has trademarked the name "Smart Auto Guider™" and "SAG™".
Smart Auto Guider™ (SAG™)
Florida Tech's 32" telescope installation is in process by DFM team!
Mark Kelley, Vice President, Don Groff and Justus Drake of DFM Engineering are currently
on site at Florida Institute of Technology.
Florida Tech's F.W. Olin Physical Science Building in Melbourne, Florida now hosts the largest telescope
in the state, a DFM 32-inch F/8 Cassegrain with Ritchey-Chrétien optics.
Florida Tech installation details
DFM team installs Westmont College's 24" telescope
A new DFM 24-inch computer controlled telescope was installed into Westmont College's Carroll Observatory
in Santa Barbara, California in April.
Westmont College hosts the most powerful telescope on California's Central Coast, a DFM 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain
with Ritchey-Chrétien optics.
Westmont College installation details
Mr. Mark Kelley P.E., Vice President Engineering
Celebrating 25 Years of Service at DFM Engineering
Mr. Mark Kelley, vice president of Longmont based DFM Engineering, Inc., celebrates his twenty-fifth anniversary
on January 2, 2007.
Mr. Kelley is highly experienced in photonics engineering and is instrumental in designing, building,
testing and retrofitting telescopes at DFM Engineering. His many years of service and expertise are greatly
appreciated by DFM Staff and the DFM customers!
Celebrating Mark Kelley - 25 Years
Westmont College awards DFM with CCT-24 Telescope order.
Westmont College has recently completed a major
expansion and remodel of the Carroll Observatory. The new 24-inch DFM telescope will replace the original
16.5 inch reflector telescope.
The new DFM telescope is expected to be a magnet for astronomy enthusiasts around Santa Barbara and the
South West Coast.
Telescope Control System (TCS-Sky)
Berea College of Berea, Kentucky orders retrofit from DFM Engineering, Inc.
Berea College in central Kentucky features the Charles
Martin Hall Science Building which has been made ready for the computer controlled dome and the retrofitted
B&C 16" research grade telescope.
The Gilbert Roberts Observatory in the Science Building has also recently been renovated to provide the
Physics Department with the necessary technology of today.
The expert technicians at DFM Engineering were chosen because of many proven retrofitting capabilities,
extensive experience and service.
Berea College B&C Retrofit
Florida Institute of Technology awards DFM with CCT-32 Telescope order.
The Florida Institute of Technology has recently
completed the F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center which
will house the 32-inch DFM telescope.
It will be the state's largest telescope and position Florida Tech as a national leader in astronomy and
DFM Engineering was chosen because of proven capabilities, extensive experience and commitment to their
high quality product.
Florida Institute of Technology
College of Southern Idaho - Update
A critical review of the 24" telescope installation by Chris Anderson of CSI and Dr. Frank Melsheimer
of DFM Engineering.
The DFM Engineering, Inc. CCT-24 telescope was installed
in April, 2004 at the Herrett Center for Arts
and Science located on the north edge of the College
of Southern Idaho (CSI) campus.
Now, almost two years later, this report looks at the design of the observatory and also is an update
describing the telescope activities since the installation. We review the things that were done correctly
and those items that could have been done better.
Mr. Ian Huss, Production Manager
Celebrating 25 Years of Service at DFM Engineering
Mr. Ian Huss, production manager of Longmont based DFM Engineering, Inc., celebrates his twenty-fifth
anniversary on March 16th, 2006.
Mr. Ian Huss is highly trained and qualified as the Production Manager for DFM Engineering. His many years
of service and expertise are greatly appreciated by DFM Staff and the DFM customers!
Celebrating Ian Huss - 25 Years
DFM presents a thorough analysis of observatory design and construction!
Dr. Frank Melsheimer addresses the design and construction of the observatory pier, dome, and control
room for a small college observatory.
This includes a suggested floor plan, elevation plan, control room location, traffic flow patterns, and
other factors. These criteria are discussed in respect to how they affect the efficiency of using the observatory
for student use, research use, and for public nights.
The required performance of the telescope, instruments, and related auxiliary equipment is presented.
Observatory Design and Construction