Virtual Observatory up and running
Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:27 PM
I wanted to get a head start putting everything together as their are a lot of things new to me as well as Murphy always works overtime. It's 40 degrees in the daytime and the high teens at night up in Overgaard where my observatory is located. Nice to set things up on the patio down here in Phoenix where it's a balmy 65 outside in the day. Having everything just a step on to the patio makes it really nice. Much easier to debug cables, connections, configurations, calibrations, etc., etc., etc. Once this is all debugged then moving to the actual location should go much smoother.
Here is the basic setup:
UPS, Custom PC, Davis Weather Station Controller:
Dome Controller, Power Supply, 1 of 2 motors with encoder riding on the wheels to give "effective" rotation:
10" LX200 with SBIG ST-7XME and RoboFocus:
Weather Station and Cloud sensor (not visible) on patio roof:
Gad, starting this is like opening a bag of potato chips. Can't stop eating chips..... can't stop buying one more adapter, one more cable, one more nut or bolt or framis or some other silly thing I did not think about. Well, that's why I have the "breadboard", to ring it all out.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:15 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:07 AM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:39 PM
Here is the building. All done just waiting for the dome. My son has his own business in Phoenix so I'm getting the dome delivered there. We will do a pre-assembly there, get all the holes drilled, figure the fitting and such. Then, disassemble it and, weather permitting, I'll truck it up to the building. My contractor is going to finish the internal support shims on site and we will have a crane rented to do the heavy lifting. The pier is custom made and is about 8.5' high and close to 1000lbs. You don't lift that with a few friends and pay them with a few beers. ;-)
Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:53 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:32 PM
I know of the ROR you speak of. Edd has that and Scott put it up for him. He's about a 5 minute walk from my place. Edd has some VERY sweet toys in there!