The Tracking Telescopes are used to record event data. These instruments utilize a 117 inch Newtonian lens to record data at a distance of 5 miles without distortion. Used in conjunction with high speed digital cameras, the units can determine event times to within 1/100 of a second. The instruments can be slaved to TTR's tracking radars for target acquisition and ranging information for camera focus.
The mount can also be outfitted with an NTSC or high speed video camera to document the event as well as provide real time video feed to the Control Point (CP) for situational awareness. Currently telescopes must be manned during operations; however, development is underway to allow mounts to operate in either a manned or unmanned configuration.