The telescope mount, a Paramount ME from Software Bisque is secured onto a steel pier, which in turn is bolted to a concrete pad buried 6′ deep in the ground.
The telescope used for spectroscopy is the larger one above–a Takahashi Mewlon 250 with a 10″ aperture. The black device at the upper end of the telescope I call the Calibrator. Made from a plastic utility pail, it holds a gas discharge tube which can illuminate the spectrograph with a light source having clearly defined emission lines.
Spectrograph with Cameras
The outer side of the Calibrator has a power supply for the gas discharge tube.
The inner side of the Calibrator has a spring-loaded mount that secures the discharge tube.
Here is the illuminated tube (containing mercury vapor and argon gas) that faces the telescope.
The Calibrator stays in place during observations. The lamp can be turned on or off as needed. The calibrator blocks about 15% of the area of the telescope aperture, which hasn’t been a problem so far.