Hi, folks - I am new to astrophotography and would value your input on something. I have access to a cabin in a very dark area, but (because the cabin is surrounded by trees) will need to do my imaging from a meadow that is 540 feet (165 meters) from the cabin. Unfortunately for me, about 2/3's of that distance is fairly dense forest. The cabin itself has wifi.
If possible, I would like to set up my gear and set up Autorun in my ASIAir Pro in the meadow and then head back to the cabin and be able to monitor things via the ASIAir Pro software using the cabin's wifi. I am completely ignorant on this, but I have two possibilities in mind and am wondering whether either of these is even workable and/or preferable in light of the forest.
- Option one is some type of wifi extender setup that could extend the wifi signal from the ASIAir Pro through that much forest (at 2.4ghz?). I came across some Ubiquiti extenders that can go through thick forest, but I am not sure if on a practical level this would work at that distance. I am not sure if the 2.4 ghz signal required would be workable either as I saw some videos indicate 900ghz should be used.
- Option two is to temporarily drag outdoor waterproof shielded ethernet cable through the forest each time I am out at the cabin imaging. I understand that 100 meters is the max distance for a signal through an ethernet cable but that there are USB-powered switches (powered by battery or solar pack) that would allow me to connect two long cables together and extend the distance of the signal. I assume one end of the ethernet cable would go into the ASIAir and the other into the cabin wifi router.
For either option, I assume that I would then use Station Mode in the ASIAir software to use the cabin's wifi. I haven't used Station Mode yet so it is possible I am misunderstanding something there.
Are either of these workable or is there another option out there that I am not aware of? Obviously, the first option is more desirable although cost might be a factor. Option 2 is about $275 as far as I can tell.
Your advice is appreciated! Thanks!