The guide to using Stellarium as used in the SPIRIT 101 workshop.
(PDF file, 2.7 Mb)
A quick guide that explains the celestial coordinates system.
(PDF file, 2.1 Mb)
Fine tune your understanding of celestial motion and choose the best time to image objects of interest with SPIRIT.
(PDF file, 3.4 Mb)
A background sheet that explains concepts such as telescope resolution and field of view for SPIRIT users.
(PDF file, 2.9 Mb)
Basic imaging with SPIRIT 1 & 2
Using SPIRIT 1 or 2 for the first time? This may help!
(PDF file, 817 kb)
This procedure details steps required to take a series of images through different filters, using SPIRIT 1 & 2.
(PDF file, 1 Mb)
Basic imaging with SPIRIT 3 & 4
Other useful guides
Exposure and Binning help.
(PDF file, 400 Kb)
A further guide to choosing exposures .
(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.
(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.
(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.
(PDF file, 2.6 Mb)
Tips for using the SPIRIT 2 telescope (compared to SPIRIT 1).
(PDF file, 225 kb)
This guide explains procedures required to image the Moon using 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.
(PDF file, 1.7 Mb)
Creating a colour image with SPIRIT using Photoshop (from the SPIRIT 103 workshop).
(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.
(PDF file, 886 kb)
(PDF file, 746 kb)
A guide to using Astrometrica with SPIRIT. From the SPIRIT 202 advanced astrometry for students workshop.
(PDF file, 1.9 Mb)
The workshop guide from SPIRIT 301: Variable star photometry.
(PDF file, 7.5 Mb)
A link to the original Variable star photometry guide for users of old versions of the processing software.
(PDF file, 2.8 Mb)
A guide for using the SPIRIT bright star spectroscope.
(PDF file, 500 kb)
(PDF file, 3.8 Mb)