I'm a teacher in Tampa, Florida (28N, 82.5W) and I teach students aged 4 to 14. I'm looking for assistance about HOW rather than WHAT, concerning EAA.
I'm returning to this site after three years, because plans to do in-person observation using a donation fell though due to administrative and practical challenges. I have new management and a new focus and support in this new initiative, built on equipment, experience, and infrastructure developed for the 'Year of COVID'
When the school year starts in August, I need to be able to Zoom share astronomical images from an observation site to my students, at night, in semi-real-time; nothing really new and revolutionary there. I have already used some of our equipment (camera and scopes) to capture real-time terrestrial observations, such as a nest of bees 30 feet up a tree and an osprey nest on top of a cell-phone tower, so I feel confident with the computer image out to the world part and my 'success' here has landed me in my current predicament.
I need to be able to show planetary images of the Moon, the clouds (maybe) and phases of Venus, and the other three more easily observable planets. I also need to show some galaxies and interesting nebulae and selected colored stars as examples of the Russel-Hertzprung diagram; also fairly simple.
I have the following equipment available:
152mm f/10 SCT
127mm f/12 Mak
127mm f/8 Newton
102mm f/4.9 refractor
90mm f/13.9 Mak
80mm f/5 refractor
Celestron small manual EQ
Several cheap Alt-Az and photo tripods
Accessories (all 1.25" where appropriate)
80 Wh LiPo batteries for mounts
Polarizing filter pairs
UV/IR cut filter
400nm pass filter
0.5 focal reducer
2 x Barlow
3 x Barlow
As many Windows 10 laptops as powerful as needed
USB and power cables
Good WiFi communication with high speed and lots of bandwidth.
I can obtain anything else very cheap or free. No budget, so I'm paying for anything else. There may be other things lying around school. I also have a variety of eyepieces but assume they are not relevant to this discussion. I'm sure I have almost all the hardware I need and I can get the software.
Can you point me to where I can learn HOW to connect this kit orchestrate th interaction of the components, and use it to achieve SUCCESS (There is much useful info on what to use, but that's a done deal). I'm sure I can stumble my way to success over the next two months with good old-fashioned trial and error, and I will need to learn how to do things myself.
I'm looking for help or signposts to help with shortcuts in getting things like SharpCap, Astrotortilla, ASCOM, and WiFi to play nice together on the equipment I actually have. I've read through many threads, but I am concerned that 2018 or even 2020 information may be out of date now, or there are better options.
There's a vast amount of info on this site and I need help or direction to find what is useful to me and my circumstances.
Doing things in the day would be helpful; nights have a lot of clouds, drizzle, and thunderstorms in the distance at the moment.
Edited by SchoolMaster, 09 June 2021 - 10:51 AM.