Guides and documents

Target planning

The guide to using Stellarium as used in the SPIRIT 101 workshop.
Stellarium Handbook (PDF file, 2.7 Mb)

A quick guide that explains the celestial coordinates system.
Celestial coordinates (PDF file, 2.1 Mb)

Fine tune your understanding of celestial motion and choose the best time to image objects of interest with SPIRIT.
Celestial motion, target planning and timing (PDF file, 3.4 Mb)

A background sheet that explains concepts such as telescope resolution and field of view for SPIRIT users.
Resolving the night sky with SPIRIT (PDF file, 2.9 Mb)

Basic imaging with SPIRIT 1 & 2

Using SPIRIT 1 or 2 for the first time? This may help!
Taking your first image with SPIRIT (PDF file, 817 kb)

This procedure details steps required to take a series of images through different filters, using SPIRIT 1 & 2.
Taking a colour series with SPIRIT (PDF file, 1 Mb)

Basic imaging with SPIRIT 3 & 4

This document provides instruction on how to schedule an automated request using the SPIRIT Scheduler.
Scheduling your first request with SPIRIT (PDF file, 400 kb)

Other useful guides

Exposure and Binning help.
Exposure and Binning Help (PDF file, 400 Kb)

A further guide to choosing exposures .
SPIRIT exposure guide (PDF file, 1.1 Mb)

Looking for some bright objects to get started? See this post.

A short guide that helps explain the orienation of images acquired by  SPIRIT telescopes.
Which way is up? (PDF file, 3.3 Mb)

SPICE Evolution of the Universe target lists

The SPICE sequence Evolution of the Universe has been developed to address year 10 Australian Curriculum Science requirements. Optimised monthly target lists for the SPIRIT telescope component of the sequence can be downloaded here.

SPIRIT target lists (PDF file, 41 kb)

Advanced imaging with SPIRIT

SPIRIT 3 & 4 Scheduler
Advanced Scheduling with SPIRIT (PDF file, 814 kb)

A guide for using ACP Planner to create automated plans for SPIRIT.
ACP Planner Guide (PDF file, 2.6 Mb)

Tips for using the SPIRIT 2 telescope (compared to SPIRIT 1).
SPIRIT 2 Imaging Tips (PDF file, 225 kb)

This guide explains procedures required to image the Moon using SPIRIT 2.
Imaging the Moon with SPIRIT 2 (PDF file, 378 kb)

Astrophotography and image processing

A short guide that explains how to use FITS Liberator to convert FITS files to TIFF files for processing in Photoshop.
Using FITS Liberator with SPIRIT (PDF file, 1.7 Mb)

Creating a colour image with SPIRIT using Photoshop (from the SPIRIT 103 workshop).
LRGB Photoshop v2 (PDF file, 4.8 Mb)

The New Astro Zone System for Astro Imaging – a book by Ron Wodaski and provided free to authorised teachers and students using SPIRIT. (Zipped PDF file, 6.8 Mb, requires password to unlock)

Advanced science projects

Guides from the SPIRIT 102 workshop, Using SPIRIT to Image Asteroids.
Targeting Minor Planets with SPIRIT (PDF file, 886 kb)

Finding precise Minor Planet Ephemerides for use with SPIRIT (PDF file, 746 kb)

A guide to using Astrometrica with SPIRIT. From the SPIRIT 202 advanced astrometry for students workshop.
A guide to using Astrometrica with SPIRIT (PDF file, 1.9 Mb)

The workshop guide from  SPIRIT 301: Variable star photometry.
SPIRIT variable star light curve activity (PDF file, 7.5 Mb)

A link to the original Variable star photometry guide for users of old versions of the processing software.
SPIRIT variable star light curve activity (old software) (PDF file, 2.8 Mb)

A guide for using the SPIRIT bright star spectroscope.
The SPIRIT bright star spectroscope (PDF file, 500 kb)


ISIS beginner’s guide (PDF file, 3.8 Mb)