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#1 TeslaTrek

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 08:37 PM

I want to move my Starlight Xpress Oculus IP Camera about 30 ' from my observatory.  There is no power where I want to install the camera, only within the observatory.  So the iCron solution would not work.

 

I've looked at this one that uses ethernet cables:

https://www.cablesto...der-up-to-150ft

 

But I have no experience with the quality of this product.    Then there are several "active" USB Cable extenders like this one:

 

https://www.monopric...oduct?p_id=6149

 

Any recommendations of brand and model?

 

thanks

 

jim



#2 Dynan

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:20 PM

For about $11, it may be worth a try. If it doesn't work, no big loss.

 

I went with Tether Tools, one controller and two 16 foot cables, and it worked very well. But the setup cost about $160. Of course I was running the full compliment... DSLR, guide scope, mount.

 

EDIT: If these are 'powered', you'll have to run power to the female (camera) end...which you said has no outlet available...kind of defeating the purpose.


Edited by Dynan, 23 August 2019 - 09:25 PM.


#3 Phil Sherman

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:05 PM

Why not get a usb over ethernet extender and run the ethernet and a 12v power cable to the camera end. Direct burial ethernet cable is readily available and you could use low voltage direct burial twin lead for the power line. I normally buy my low voltage cable from Home Depot.


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#4 TeslaTrek

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:37 AM

You are right, for $11, I should give it a try.

 

Actually I already have a 12v cable running through the conduit that powers my Dob telescope's StellarCat, but I did not really want to build another housing for the ethernet extender.  


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 07:26 PM

Update:  I purchased the Monoprice 32' USB extender and it works perfectly for my Oculus all sky camera.  What a surprise!



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Posted 14 September 2019 - 12:50 AM

 Monoprice 32' USB extender

I am guessing that is USB2.  How about for USB3.0 ?



#7 TeslaTrek

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 05:33 PM

You are correct.  It is USB 2. 

 

I suspect, or fear,  USB 3 (5 Gbps vice the lowly 480 Mb/s) and now USB 4 (40 Gbps - supposedly) is going to give us plenty of problems as our computers are replaced with newer versions.




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