The ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) Optical Tube Assembly enters a final testing phase at DFM Engineering.
Dr. John Tonry and Dr. Frank Melsheimer put the ATLAS and its custom 110 megapixel CCD camera through a final testing procedure at DFM Engineering Headquarters. The instrument features are described in detail with First Light images.
ATLAS Asteroid Tracker Testing and First Light Images
Emory University stimulates interest in Astronomy with DFM 24" Telescope and TCSGalil Upgrade
Located within the silver dome atop Emory University's new Mathematics and Science Center, the 24" Cassegrain telescope is the centerpiece of the physics department's new astronomy program and one of the major attractions on campus.
This modern DFM 24" Telescope is computer controlled by a recently installed telescope control system (TCS) called TCSGalil. The telescope's 24" mirror affords it the "light gathering" ability to see deeply into the universe and the new TCSGalil provides ease of use and numerous practical benefits.
Emory scientists are using the new telescope and the data collected in astronomy, photometric measurements and spectroscopy.
Emory University's TCSGalil Upgrade
See Emory University's testimonial and description of the 24" telescope in action!
DFM contributes to the Asteroid Terrestrial - impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) at the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH).
RCUH and the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii have developed a project called the ATLAS. It is designed to compliment the Pan-STARRS project for locating Earth bound asteroids and comets.
ATLAS will be a vital alert system for incoming planetary disasters, namely, asteroids. Astronomers expect the ATLAS system to be fully operational by the end of 2015.
ATLAS System - quick alert project
DFM Installs 1-m Telescope at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
The DFM 1-m Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) Cassegrain telescope, was installed in February 2014 on top of the new 140,000 sq. ft. College of Arts and Sciences building.
The observatory sits atop the new College of Arts & Sciences building at ERAU and creates a dramatic new skyline. The new DFM telescope launches an extensive new astronomy degree program at ERAU.
ERAU Install details
NJIT BBSO revels in Awesome Sunspot Close-Ups!
The 1.6m New Solar Telescope (NST) designed and manufactured by DFM Engineering and installed at the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) is the most powerful ground-based solar telescope in the world.
Recent research and striking images have exposed new information about the events on the sun. Sunspots, granules and three-ribbon solar flares are just a few areas of study made possible by the NST.
See the breathtaking video of action on the sun by Nola Tayolr Redd of Space.com.
NJIT BBSO revels in Awesome Sunspot Close-Ups!
DFM attends the 224th AAS meeting!!
DFM Engineering, Inc. is pleased to attend the 224th meeting of the American
Astronomical Society. The meeting will be held June 1-5, 2014 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel, 10 Huntington Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 224th meeting will highlight multiple accredited speakers, a solar physics division session and a laboratory astrophysics division session among other special sessions.
Mr. Mark S. Kelley will be attending our booth.
Please come visit us at Booth #103.
Enjoy the Total Eclipse of the Moon!
At 2 o'clock in the morning (EDT) on April 15th, you can be treated to this spectacular lunar eclipse. It will be visible from all of North America, and seen well up into the western sky.
However, at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), Dr. David Clavier is offering a special link to the event by opening viewing access up to the public.
For a brief explanation of the beauty of a lunar eclipse, see the following article.
Total Lunar Eclipse on April 15th
University of Western Australia Celebrates 1m Telescope Installation Anniversary!
The University of Western Australia at the Gingin Observatory is celebrating the two year anniversary of the DFM Engineering 1m telescope installation.
The telescope was named after Jim Zadko, who made a generous donation toward its acquisition and the telescope is now affectionately known as the "Zadko".
It remains the largest telescope available for professional astronomical research and public access in the Southern Hemisphere.
Exciting observations and discoveries are being celebrated and credited to its fast tracking and quality light gathering capabilities.
1m DFM Telescope Installation Anniversary at the University of Western Australia
1.3m DFM Telescope was installed at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics
DFM Engineering recently installed a 1.3m F/8 Double Horseshoe telescope at the Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO) at the historical Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) near Bangalore, India.
The installation required extensive planning and design by DFM as documented in the following article.
Exciting observations such as the Comet ISON are already being captured by the staff at the IIA.
1.3m DFM Telescope Installation at the IIA
Austin College's IDEA Center features a DFM Engineering 24" Telescope!
A new 24" DFM Engineering telescope was installed in the Adams Observatory at Austin College's IDEA Center.
Installation took place on a beautiful, clear day in Sherman, Texas at Austin College in early August.
The new IDEA Center and Adams Observatory is handicapped accessible and will provide students, faculty and the public with state-of-the-art research facilities.
Austin College 24" Telescope Installation
DFM Engineering is Going Strong!
We are thankful to have been largely unaffected by the September 2013 flooding in Colorado.
DFM Engineering suffered no damage during the flooding. We are pleased to report that all our telescope manufacturing departments are in full operation.
We are committed to offering the same high quality products and service as always.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow Coloradans who were not so fortunate.
To help flood recovery efforts in Colorado, go to: www.HelpColoradoNow.org
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University awards DFM with 40" Telescope order!
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has comissioned DFM Engineering to manufacture a 40" telescope
and consult with observatory design and planning.
The telescope and observatory will be the centerpiece of a 140,000 sq. ft. College of Arts and Sciences
building currently under construction.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's
College of Arts and Sciences
1.6M Perkin Elmer Telescope at the Mt. Megantic Observatory has maintenance completed!
The University of Montreal has comissioned DFM Engineering to, once again, perform a thorough maintenance
check on the 1.6M Perkin Elmer telescope.
In addition to the routine cleaning, lubricating and maintenance checks, DFM also replaced the computer
in the Telescope Control System and upgraded the software.
The 1.6M Perkin Elmer telescope, with its sturdy mechanical structure and extraordinary optics will provide
observing efficiency and performance for many more years to come.
University of Montreal Maintenance
The New Austin College IDEA Center will feature a 24" DFM Engineering telescope!
Production of the new 24" telescope is currently underway at DFM Engineering. The IDEA Center at Austin
College in Sherman, Texas is also under construction with plans to open in the fall of 2013.
The IDEA Center Observatory with the new 24" DFM research telescope will be a highlight of the new
facility at Austin College.
IDEA Center Observatory at Austin College
Mr. Don Groff, Mechanical Engineer
Celebrates 30 Years of Service at DFM Engineering
Mr. Don Groff, Mechanical Engineer of Longmont based DFM Engineering, Inc., celebrated his 30th Anniversary
on October 25th, 2012.
Don Groff works closely with the engineering and production staff to create detailed drawings and assembly
packages for each telescope and instrument manufactured at DFM Engineering.
Mr. Groff is instrumental in the success of the company and is very much appreciated!
Don Groff Celebrates a 30 Year Anniversary
with DFM Engineering!
Dr. Frank Melsheimer of DFM Engineering presents an investigation of Satellite
Dr. Melsheimer addresses the particular demands placed upon a telescope as it tracks artificial satellites.
Multiple white papers are referenced in his study as he investigates the configuration, mechanical and
servo drive considerations of the satellite tracking telescope.
In this analysis, Dr. Melsheimer provides an explanation of the three types of mount configurations; Alt-Az,
Alt-Alt, and the Equatorial mount and identifies significant features.
He addresses the mechanical considerations of the optical tube assembly mount position, drive stiffness
and structural stiffness as well as the servo drive system.
Satellite Tracking Telescopes by
Dr. Frank Melsheimer
DFM presents a thorough analysis of telescope optics!
Dr. Frank Melsheimer addresses customer requested telescope optics specifications. He provides an explanation
of perfect optics, telescope operating wavelengths and off axis images.
Additionally, he discusses the off axis image quality improvement using the DFM Engineering field corrector
design and fabrication in his paper, "Telescope
Dr. Melsheimer includes an examination of various field corrector designs, challenges and required tools
Telescope Optics Discussion by
Dr. Frank Melsheimer
Mystery of the Brown Mountain Lights shines in the Denver Post!
On Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Morganton City Hall in North Carolina, Ed Phillips of the Burke
County Tourism Development Authority presented the world's two most sought after speakers on the Mystery
of the Brown Mountain Lights! Joshua
P. Warren, Paranormal Investigator and Applachian State University Physicist and Astronomer, Dr.
Dan Caton both shared their theories on the origins of the mysterious lights to a sell-out crowd.
The news of the mysterious lights and the symposium interest captured the attention of the Denver
Post easily 6 states to the west in Colorado.
The Brown Mountain Lights
Memorial University Grenfell Campus features a DFM Engineering 24" Telescope!
A new 24" DFM Engineering telescope was installed at the Grenfell
Campus of Memorial University.
Installation took place in the late afternoon and evening hours before an approaching storm.
The new observatory and telescope will provide handicapped accessibility for the public and with research
support from NSERC (NSF equivalent) the telescope will be used for research on half-light diameters of
open clusters. The Grenfell Campus will also explore collaborative projects with students from Saint Mary's
University in Halifax, which has a full-blown astronomy graduate program.
DFM installs a 24" Telescope for
Memorial University Grenfell Campus.
ARIES 1.3 meter optical telescope installed in Devasthal, India!
The DFM Engineering team completes a successful installation at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational
Installation took place in the remote Central Himalayan region of Northern India.
The pristine location enables thorough study of variable stars, supernova events and star formation in
the Milky Way and other galaxies in the universe.
DFM installs a 1.3 meter Optical Telescope
University of Victoria features Canada's largest 'on-campus' Telescope
DFM Engineering installs a 32"!
The DFM Engineering team completes a successful installation at the University of Victoria in British
The University's preparations and new science building made for a smooth install.
DFM installs a 32"Telescope at
the University of Victoria
Mr. Mark Kelley, Vice President Engineering
Celebrating 30 Years of Service at DFM Engineering
Mr. Mark Kelley, Vice President of Engineering of Longmont based DFM Engineering, Inc., celebrates his
30th Anniversary on January 1, 2012.
Mark Kelley is responsible for designing telescope control system software.
He works closely with customers in determining control room specifications, computer requirements and
implementation and installation of DFM's Telescope Control System.
His many years of service and expertise are greatly appreciated by DFM Staff and the DFM customers!
Mark Kelley Celebrates a 30 Year Anniversary
with DFM Engineering!
DFM Engineering's research grade telescopes have been used to track the asteroid YU55.
In the MSNBC video, Brian Williams reports on the research activities at the Clay
Center Observatory. Ron Dantowitz, Brookline MA, uses a 24-inch DFM research telescope to track and
study the asteroid.
MSNBC's video clip of
DFM's CCT-24 tracking the Asteroid YU55!
DFM Engineering's research grade telescopes have been used to track the asteroid YU55 as it moves
through the sky referenced to the stars.
View images, used with permission of Dr. William Keel, University
of Alabama showing 60 second exposures tracking the asteroid.
DFM's CCT-16 tracks
the Asteroid YU55!
DFM Engineering has been awarded the contract for the design, manufacture and installation of NASA's
Meter-Class Autonomous Telescope (MCAT) system.
Research, imaging and characterization of space debris will be the cornerstone of space surveillance by
NASA and the Air Force Reserch Laboratory, a core technical capability required to support US national
interests in space.
DFM Engineering creates the 1.3M MCAT System!
Mr. Ian Huss, Production Manager
Celebrating 30 Years of Service at DFM Engineering
Mr. Ian Huss, production manager of Longmont based DFM Engineering, Inc., celebrates his 30th Anniversary
on March 16th, 2011.
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!
Ian Huss Celebrates a 30 Year Anniversary
with DFM Engineering!
DFM Engineering co-sponsors the Telescopes
From Afar Conference.
DFM is proud to announce its co-sponsorship of the international conference, “Telescopes from Afar” being
held February 28 - March 3, 2011 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Hawai’i.
The conference will focus on remotely operated, automated and robotic ground based telescopes including
economics, scheduling, networking, instrumentation and other related topics.
The goal is to provide an opportunity to share information on the advancements and developments in the
areas of remote observing, remote operation and automated local and global networking of all sizes of observatories.
The conference offers a unique perspective on retrofitting existing observatories for remote and autonomous
Telescopes From Afar
DFM Engineering's Articulated Relay Eyepiece (ARE-125)
provides revolutionary access to telescope viewing for handicapped stargazers at the Smithsonian
Institution's National Air and Space Museum Observatory.
Last August the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) featured a special program at the Public Observatory
for a family with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Matthew, in a wheelchair, wished to look through a powerful telescope to see the awesome and inspiring
images of the universe! The DFM Engineering creation of the Articulated Relay Eyepiece (ARE-125 )
helped make his wish a reality by providing the accessibility.
NASM Public Observatory event
ARE-125 by DFM Engineering
ARE-125 product announcement
New Jersey Institute of Technology's
(NJIT) new 1.6-meter unobstructed aperture solar telescope - the largest of its kind in the world
- is now operational.
The New Solar Telescope was officially dedicated on October 3, 2009 at the Big Bear Solar Observatory.
This DFM telescope is said to be the pathfinder for all future, large ground-based telescopes. The Big
Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO), is located at Big Bear Lake, California high in the San Bernardino
NJIT Solar Telescope installation details
NJIT New Solar Telescope Manufacturing
Latest Halpha Images
University of Utah establishes
the "High Altitude Southern Utah Observatory" featuring a new 32-inch DFM telescope!
DFM installed a new 32-inch CCT telescope, the heart of the new Southern Utah Observatory providing the
University of Utah's Physics Department full membership of the Sloan
Digital Sky Survey - III Collaboration Project.
Another successful install!
University of Utah installation details
DFM Engineering has completed the LA Valley College 16
inch Celestron telescope retrofit and new DFM control system installation.
DFM also provided handicapped access to the telescope eyepiece with the Articulated
The new planetarium building, with the addition of the new elevator and retrofitted telescope now brings
LA Valley College up to ADA standards,
allowing wheelchair access so that disabled students may participate in the telescope experience on the
roof; a successful install!
LA Valley College installation details
DFM Engineering has completed the construction and installation of the new 36 inch telescope for Brigham
Young University at West Mountain
BYUs West Mountain Observatory south of Utah Lake now hosts the DFM 36 inch telescope, an unprecedented
size telescope in the Rocky Mountain West.
It establishes an inter-mountain facility that can be used for dissertations, stand-alone research projects,
and research projects that support the work done on larger telescopes elsewhere.
BYU West Mountain Observatory installation