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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 07/13/09

Loc: Parsippany NJ, USA
Operating LXD75 remotely new
      #4415593 - 02/27/11 06:46 PM

With very cold winter this year, I started doing most of my imaging remotely with netbook controlling guiding and DSLR; and me controlling netbook remotely using VNC.
I still have to do certain things while being outside, but I want to reduce such operations.
This becomes important with oncoming mosquitoes season, so I was wondering if it would be possible to fully control LXD75 mount remotely, i.e. do alignment and target acquisition remotely.
I tried it at home using Cartes de Ciel and it seems to be working.
The main issue I can see is that mount may cause collision of motors or OTA with mount.
Has anyone operated LXD75 remotely? If so, any ideas on how to avoid collisions? Any other thoughts?


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Reged: 09/13/05

Loc: North New Jersey
Re: Operating LXD75 remotely new [Re: avarakin]
      #4415836 - 02/27/11 08:34 PM

You can operate it remotely but you would have to set everything up first: polar align, align computer, etc... I use the sky 6 to run the scope, maxim DL for the guide cam and dslr. Once everything is in place, I never touch the scope, so... you would be able to remote login to your computer via your house and run everything.

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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 07/13/09

Loc: Parsippany NJ, USA
Re: Operating LXD75 remotely [Re: Orion4211]
      #4415961 - 02/27/11 09:35 PM

Thanks for comments.
Did you ever have collision issues?
Of course there is no way to avoid polar align, but I was hoping to do computer aligning remotely, if possible.
One thought I had was: instead of aligning with hand control, do this: align with a star like Sirius manually, focus, go home and then do Sync in scope control software. Assuming that polar align is nearly perfect (in any case a requirement for AP), such alignment method should be pretty accurate.


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