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AP 130EDF-GT & AP Mach1
C14-XLT & AP 900GTO
Quote:That is a whole-lot of information and questions in one big post!Maybe break it down into a more-digestible series of questions, starting with the question that is most important to you first.P.S. I think that your mount is a tad too small for that 11" optical tube.
Scopes - 10" Meade LX200, Coronado 90mm, Vixen ED103, Orion 80mm Guide Mount - AP1600GTO Std (Encoders.... someday) Cameras - Atik 320E, Atik 314L+, Atik Titan, Mallincam Xtreme X2, Skyris 274M, Orion StarShooter, Canon 7D Instruments - L200 Spectrometer (300,600,1200 gratings), SA100 Diffraction Filters - LRGB,OIII,SII,Ha; J/C UV,B,V,Ic,Rc Way too many computers....
Quote:Quote:I am setting up my mount to my pc and have a few issues I am not sure I am doing correctly or might there be a better way?
Yes there is a better way.
Question: Have you ever heard the expression "Take one step at a time?"
I'm grateful that you didn't ask if there was a worse way. Don't think you would like the answer.
Quote:I am setting up my mount to my pc and have a few issues I am not sure I am doing correctly or might there be a better way?
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"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
Televue NP101is Vixen VMC260 AP Mach One POD
Quote:I and a neighbor are currently controlling an Astro-Physics mount, CCD camera, focuser, and guide camera using a computer in the observatory (Mac or PC) and either a PC/Mac/iPad inside my house (via WiFi). The software we use includes MaximDL, PhD, PEMPro, Equinox Pro, Jump (iPad app), Nebulosity, and PhD. I'll likely install a MacMini (w/a flash drive and w/o a monitor) permanently in the observatory to keep the setup simple and compact.I haven't yet added a camera to monitor the scope's position, or automated the roll-off roof (I likely won't do the latter, because the system is in my backyard and I'd rather be safe than sorry). When we use a Bahtinov focusing mask, that is done with us in the observatory (I likely won't add a computer controlled flip-top mask). When we use focuser controller routines in software (e.g., Equinox Image), then the process can be done remotely.We also haven't bothered installing complicated control systems to power up and power down all of the components in the observatory. Given the proximity of the observatory to my house, I don't think that's worth the cost and bother. In addition, I prefer to disconnect the hand controller and other things, to minimize the chance of components being damage by lightning.
Quote:My friend John stopped by Friday and we were looking at the site and he said that at least his doctor was not checking the 0-6 month box on his paper work so I had some time (always looking at the positive). This was an inspiration to me to push forward. He has a construction background and someone I have been speaking with from the beginning of this project.
Quote: We all wish your friend John, the very best; and also wishing you the best in getting things up & running!
- “ Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. ” — Hugh C. Cameron
Quote:MikeYou are about 2 hours from Deerlick Astronomy Village in Sharon, GA. Google their site. You may be able to make contact with some of the folks there and get some help as well. Many times if you can actually talk to some one via phone or in person, if you make the drive down there, can make more sense.
Quote:I have 2 links that might help. They are a little out of date and newer versions of software are in use (TheSky6 replaced with TheSkyX etc.). The first link is set of slide from a talk I did. The second is how I operate my observatory.http://www.jatobservatory.org/NJAA/presentation_files/frame.htmhttp://www.jatobservatory.org/remote_control/remote_control.html
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Lots of help from reading "Cloudy Nights" posts,
and Lots of Patience learned over time...
Sky Dancer Observatory Sky Chart
Quote:JJK, this is the camera that I use to monitor the scope:D-Link DCS-932L mydlink-Enabled Wireless-N Day/Night Network CameraIt is wired or wireless, has a mic so I can hear the mount and camera shutter when I image. Another nice feature is that if i start an imaging session in my capture sw and I hear some wind i can pause the session until it stops I dont have to be looking at the images as they come in. Real easy to access from anywhere with a browser or iPad/phone app. I do not know if the ir sensor will cause any issue with long exposure, I have not seen any with the short exposures I have been doing. Once you set it up you can unplug the power and plug it in anywhere and it stays on the network.