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#1 earl@hapb.net

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

I am planning to make a small unmanned observatory for my solar scopes. It will be strictly remote operated. Is there a software package that will allow me to control focusers, cameras, and mount? If there is no single package what would be the best approach to take?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

Maxim/DL will do all of that.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:42 PM

Take a look at CCD Commander and CCD Autopilot. They are both nice auto control programs that make use of other software packages. They make auto control easy.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:44 PM

Thanks

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:09 AM

I am doing the same thing. I settled on CCDAutopilot. You can download demo versions of both.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

Hmmmm.....solar. Wondering how the focusing programs would handle that. You might be able to control the focuser remotely but I dont know of an automated routine for solar.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:31 PM

I'm not aware of one either but OTOH, it is not like you don't have sufficient light and I plan to use a video cam from either PointGrey or ImagingSource. You have 15fps at least downloading so I believe you should be able to get a good focus. We shall see as they say......

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

I also believe focusing will be an issue. As Jeff pointed out most focus programs are looking for the Full Width Half Maximum of star not a large object like the sun. It might be possible to get a focus program to converge on a Sun spot but I would not count on it.






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