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Quote:Hi all, in an effort to get away from local light pollution sources and be able to leave the telescope for longer periods during astrophotography, I'm thinking of building a roll off roof building that's in a clearing behind my house, where no local lights reach at all.I will be 600 feet away from the house, and the AC power that comes along with it.What would you suggest one use, keeping in mind a max $1000 budget (the lower the better).A solar panel array, 1000 watt generator or hard wire it to the house (copper or aluminum)?This will be used to power a laptop, mount, CCD camera, dew heaters and a couple of lights, for a couple of hours, no more than three nights per week.Thanks
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Quote:Thanks for the link.I've been looking at solar setups, but I don't know what I'm doing. and am a little scared to make the commitment and find that I'm running out of power, and then having to fork over more $$$.As far as the trenching, I have a backhoe, so no worries there, but to borrow some New England terminology, wire is "wicked expensive". If I have to fork over $2k for wire, it will be of no use, there will be no building to run it to. I have a 2600 watt Yamaha generator, but I find it a bit loud, and I'm also concerned about getting it started on those 15 below nights. Can't beat the price, though. I'd connect it to a UPS, in order to get clean power out of it...One option is those nice little 1000w Hondas or Yamahas, and keep it indoors until I need it, where it will be nice and warm for easy starting.Hmmmmm......
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Quote:I would do the wire, it fact we just did that. see the link for the project. http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/4896352/page...we ran 760' of #4-0 3 wire 760' of #2 for the ground and 760' of fiber for out data. Here is a photo from todayBob
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