The overall goal of the Astronomical Spectroscopy Project is to be able to collect and reduce data gathered from astronomical objects.
Current setup for the project involves a Celestron CPC 800 GPS (XLT) telescope and a fiber-fed Ocean Optics USB2000+ spectrometer.
Efficiency of the system is calculated using a lab table procedure.
All of the telescope alignment takes place at long distances, like the Willamette Basement Hallways.
The fiber alignment process is done in large areas as well, including the Willamette Basement Hallways, but dark rooms like Willamette 100 have given the best results.
Data is collected during the alignment process to track max number of counts.
The furthest progress that has been made on the project is successfully getting a spectra of Vega using the SpectraSuite software. However, the integration time used to get the spectra was 60 seconds with a scans to average of 10, and box car smoothing of 10.