With a stellar gain of about 4 magnitudes and being sensitive to wavelengths between 390nm and 1000nm, the OVNI Night Vision eyepieces push all the limits of visual observation. By placing them in front of a camera, it also becomes possible to use them for amateur & professional scientific research in many disciplines such as : astrophotography, photometry, spectroscopy, polarimetry, astrometry, exoplanet discovery, supernova hunting, sky-surveys, space domain awareness...
Section 1/ Professionals - Amateurs Collaborations (Pro-Am)
OVNI-M / OVNI-B users can contribute to astronomical discoveries by participating in Pro-Am collaborations programs supported by OVNI Night Vision. New partnerships are currently being studied and will be proposed on this webpage. Any Pro-Am project can also be submitted to us for study by sending a message using the contact form.
OVNI Night Vision contributes to NASA's Lucy space mission. The objective is to collect from Earth a maximum of information on the Trojan asteroids of Jupiter which will be flown by the probe between 2027 and 2033.
Each astronomer using a OVNI-M / OVNI-B will be able to participate in one or more observation campaigns which will be organized in the 2nd half of 2022. Please note that time will be needed to learn the NASA protocol and for the observing campaigns. If you wish to know more about participating, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kilonova Catcher / Grandma (Global Rapid Advanced Network Devoted to the Multi-messenger Addicts)
With Kilonova Catcher, participate in the optical follow-up of any gravitational wave event that will be detected by the interferometers (Ligo, Virgo, Kagra). The main objective is to capture the kilonovae emission emerging from the coalescence of two bounded neutron stars in a compact binary system and to precisely localize its source. This cooperation is done with Sarah Antier, Astrophysicist at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France).
The programs generating astronomical alerts are multiplying. The sources of these alerts can be of very different natures, from new Solar System objects to Supernovae or Gamma Ray Bursts, passing by Novae or eruptive stars for example. Finding the optical counterparts of these alerts, locating them precisely and classifying their nature is a task where amateurs with their networked instruments can contribute to the discovery of the transient phenomenon. Then the follow-up of the phenomenon can be carried out by the amateurs or mobilize large professional instruments. The RAPAS project aims to constitute such a network.
Amateur astronomers can contribute to science too ! This animation was the APOD of February 9, 2021 on the NASA website. Martin Fiedler (Germany) made this animation of the Crab Pulsar (PSR B0531+21) resolved in time and space using the OVNI-M with a QHY174M-GPS camera. We can see here a rotation of the pulsar in only 33 milliseconds and the two beams of 5 milliseconds each. With a diameter of only 20kms, it makes 30 rotations per second. To learn more about this animation: www.facebook.com/OVNINightVision/posts/10159023246331252
The animation is visible in loop and in large format here: http://galerie2.astroclub-radebeul.de/
Section 2/ For professional astronomers (space agencies, observatories, government projects...)
OVNI Night Vision can participates in exploration missions requiring highly customized photocathodes, microchannel plates (MCP) and phosphorescent displays. Our engineering department can fully modulate and adapt night vision systems for installation on ground-based telescopes, satellites or space probes.
Space Domain Awareness : For the defense of national and private interests in space. Our systems detects and offer real-time observation for active and inactive satellites, discarded launch stages and fragmentation debris orbiting Earth. Tracking of very small objects becomes possible to avoid collision.
UV, VUV and X-ray phenomenas : Our devices can study UV, VUV and X-ray phenomena across the galaxy. And will help to identify black holes, neutron stars, binary star systems or other objects emitting these rays. These instruments can be placed in geosynchronous orbit or installed in ground-based telescopes.
Near-Earth Objects (NEO) Localization : Custom image intensifier tubes contribute to missions specifically designed to provide science data and to make new discoveries. Like the discovery of many new, small comets, asteroids and other minor planet that can potentially impact Earth and cause damage.
Detection of high energy phenomenas : Our high quality MCP (Micro Channel Plate) are developed for detection sensitivity down to the single photon level, and with sub-nano second timing. Plasma, neutron, gamma, X-Ray or Cherenkov activity can be detected and analyzed with our systems.
Electric and Magnetic interactions analysis : OVNI Night Vision solutions will help researchers to identify and quantify electric and magnetic field interactions, such as aurorae and solar flares... Some of these phenomenas can be observed in the Earth upper atmosphere.
Study of planets : Tailor made image intensifier tubes can observe gravity waves, intense airglow or survey and map the atmospheric skies on earth. But also all other planets and dwarf planets in our universe, along with some of their moons.