I have a 12'x16' roll-off roof observatory, with a 12'x16' attached workshop. There are two computers at the 'scope... one to control the telescope, and the other for Mallincam control using Stephan Lalonde's MallinCam Extreme Control. There is a composite video cable running to a 9" LCD monitor on my desk in the workshop, and I run the two scope computers through my network on my workshop computer using TightVNC. I can view and capture images while sitting next to a heater. The scope and stuff is 20 or so feet away, and I can see it through a clear plastic curtain over the doorway. In theory, I could run the setup from inside my house 150 feel away.
The setup is a bit slow and clunky (OLD computers), but it works. The Mallincam makes the difference. I would like to hear of other inexpensive 'remote control' setups, and find ways to improve mine with the Mallincam.
I've only been using the Mallincam Xtreme for a short while, but I've managed to collect a few 'screen captures' that are not too bad... the guys at our astronomy club (AOAS) are impressed at what the Mallincam can do. If interested, the images are at:
http://devonsite.com/AstroPhotos.htm if interested.
Thanks, and have a GREAT holiday, everyone!