Automation

August 13, 2019

I'm moving to use 2x ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro's, one with narrowband filters and the other with LRGB filters.  I will use both of these in parallel with my RASA and WO GTF81 that is piggy-backed on the RASA.  I intend to switch them back and forth depending on the moon phase.  This will become my default setup for my MX+.  


July 28, 2019

I've got my narrowband setup working piggy-back on my RASA, finally.  I am able to capture both NB and OSC at the same time with 2 instances of SGPro.  Setting up my AVX in the north corner to get better southern views with my 104mm refractor.   I'm adding a ZWO ASI1600MM to my collection since I have come to the realization that monochrome yields much more detail than OSC.   My ultimate goal will be to be acquiring data from my RASA, WO81 and EON 104 at the same time.  Fun to manage, it's like triplets, triple the fun!  I could have a 4th scope going in my other observatory, but that is still more manual at this point.


June 25, 2019

My Celestron AVX that fired from the strike is also on its way back to be assessed.  Recently my SkyAlert seems to be constantly out of calibration, so that is on its way back to the manufacturer who made me a great offer to fix it.  I'm flying blind without the cloud sensor, going old school for the time being.  My DIY Skycam is really nice but always needs manual dialing in to darkness and daytime exposure/gain settings.  Using the stock ASICap that came with the camera, I can experiment with other software.  I don't really mind but it would be nice if it had presets.  #LackingGreatSoftware



June 7, 2019

Still recovering from a nearby lightning strike.   My Orion AllSkyCam  semi-fried in that it works during the day but will not adapt to the night.  Thanks to Thomas Jacquin I was able to put one together myself for less than $300 that is actually nicer than the Orion it replaced.  It came out nice and I'm happy to show it off.


May 7, 2019

Nothing but rain for over 3 weeks now.  Rae daytime sunshine has allowed me to start to do solar imaging.


April 10, 2019

I had decent data acquisition.  Automation scripts v5 built and deployed.  Startup sequencing automation in place and working.  Shutdown automation is copying my data back to another computer inside my house, parking the telescope and closing the roof. Finally automation will shut everything else running off.  


March 27, 2019

Paramount MX+ First Light!  Locked everything down.  Powered everything up.  I Iove this mount!  I was not able to get a PoleMaster Polar Alignment because i need to spin the pier a little.   Next time I'll get it.  With 3 weights I couldn't counter-balance the mount with my WO81 piggybacked so that has been removed until I put the additional counterweight on.


March 26, 2019

Time to get aquainted with my MX+, The SkyX Pro


March 4, 2019

JRO SkyShed First Light!

"Automation is what allows you to sleep at night"

Pre 2019

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