I am nearly done building my observatory in a remote forest area. I am strictly battery power with solar, although I have a generator I don't want to rely on. I have a warm-up room which is roughly 30 feet from the telescope. I currently am using a laptop computer running Windows 10 at the telescope for alignment, targeting and focus using CPWI, guiding with PhD2 or Metaguide, and imaging with SharpCap or APT. I also use Stellarium on occasion. I currently bring my laptop home and use Pixinsight for image processing on my desktop. I might eventually want PI at the observatory.
I was reading another thread about Mini PCs for Observatories (https://www.cloudyni...permanent-piers) and realized I need more basic information on how to actually set up the MiniPC in the Observatory and possibly a laptop or monitor in the warm-up room. Can you tell me or show a sketch of what you have connected and how you have the observatory wired? At home before I built my observatory, I left my laptop by the telescope and used remote desktop from my office to do most of the things I needed. It was a bit clunky and the remote desktop over my network gave a display that was just adequate.
Can you describe how you configure you hardware, computer and network to run a (remote) observatory with a display/computer in a warm-up room? I suspect my biggest limitation is power, and the mini-PC helps, but I still need a network, a display and other gear. I am curious if there are options I am not aware of that are well suited for this kind of set up.
Edited by bryanwells, 27 October 2019 - 12:55 PM.