Hey, I'm moving to a new apartment soon, and I'll finally have a nearly 360° open skies so I could take advantage of every night which conditions allow.
This is not specifically related to observatories I think(as I don't have an observatory), so sorry about that, but I feel like since the principal is rather similar I might be able to get some help here.
So my vision is basically this:
Have my rig outside and connected all the time - will need to be able to handle pretty hot and sometimes humid environment in the summer, so basically just cover my scope to fully protect from the sun during the day, and probably have some desiccants to keep it humid free under it. Not sure if I'd want to leave my scope outside or only the mount, I'd prefer having it all connected so I could as fast as I can take advantage of any clear time I have.
Keep my rig safe while sleeping - while the obvious thing is just having all the settings set up correctly, including meridian flips, slew to home position after sequence is over, I don't have an actual way to monitor that, I'll be setting up a camera on the scope so that's great if I want to check everything is ok, but I'd want to have some alarm system that might be able to tell me if something goes wrong, I think I've seen something like that in the past.
I have no security issues with leaving the gear outside in general, the only option is someone actually breaking into my house, and against that I don't have much I can do.
Remote control - that shouldn't be much of an issue remote controlling everything as I have my mini PC always on the scope, so as long as it's connected to the home wifi I have no issues controlling over it remotely, but if I have my scope covered, I obviously won't be able to take that off remotely, that's the reason all of you use observatories(or at least one of them), but that's not really an option for me at the moment. Is there any way to make it possible while still keeping my gear safe outside?
So basically, I just want to hear your thoughts and experience about all the points above, how do you handle it, etc, etc.
Edited by msacco, 19 August 2021 - 04:06 PM.