I'm looking into making my school's observatory remotely operational. I have options for dome automation and I use SkyXPro software to point the telescope, but I'm not sure how to power on the telescope remotely? Our telescope is a Meade RCX-400 that powers on with a rocker switch. When you park the scope it automatically powers off and you have to manually hit the rocker switch to put it back in the "off" position before you switch back to the "on" position and power it on again. How do you remotely power on your observatory?
Thanks in advance!
Mt. San Antonio College
Please don't sleep your RCX400. Ever. There is a firmware bug that can cause it to wake up... and start tracking. It will run itself into it's hard stop and burn out the motors/motor control boards. I have one that had this happen to it... it is challenging to get working.
I used one of these. It has a webserver you can log into and turn on/off devices... your RCX400 can be 'parked', and then power it down/on with this. I'm not sure about how to run the alignment routine from there; but if you're using a camera remotely, you can just plate solve your way around the sky just fine.
PM if you have any questions.
I don't think it's a rocker on the power switch... I remember the switch just being on or off.. I'm not near that scope to check right now though. There is a 'park scope' option that when selected prompts you to power the scope off. I believe you could remove power via the digilogger... and then when you turned the outlet back on it would 'remember' your alignment for you.
Edited by Raginar, 25 October 2020 - 05:13 PM.