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Equipment in the Observatory

The observatory is “almost” entirely remote-controlled from the house. The only activities that remain manual are:

1. Remove/install scope covers
2. Power on equipment

The image acquisition activities (i.e. roof opening/closing, centering objects, focusing, auto guiding, etc.) can also be entirely automated. This allow the imager to:

a) Launch an entire image acquisition session and not have to stay up until late in the night to close the roof, park the mount, etc.
b) Benefits from added comfort (i.e. Heat, humidity, cold, mosquitos).

 

 

 

 

Equipment

Mouse over for component name and click for details.

 

 

 

 

Hardware

German Equatorial Mount
Astrograph
Motorized Focuser
Main Imaging Camera
Guide Scope
Guiding Camera
Video Finder
Flat field illumination System
  • Home made “dome” illumination system
Cabling
  • USB, serial, parallel, DC power, RJ11, custom (e.g. roof motor)
Observatory Computer
  • Dell Dimension running Windows XP. Used via Remote Desktop from the house.
WiFi Connection
Power Supply for Mount

 

Software

Observatory Automation and Image Capture
Planetarium
Image Processing
Utilities
Drivers
  • Homemade ASCOM dome driver (to remotely open/close observatory roof)
  • Homemade dome flat fielding system (open/close flats illumination system)