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1 Setting Up a Remote Observatory Bernard Miller

2 Agenda Roll-off roof versus dome Required Equipment Optional Equipment Software Demo

3 Roll-off Roof vs Dome Reasons for choosing roll-off roof – More room 15x15 footprint allows for two piers – Less complicated Syncing scope and roof is one more thing that can go wrong Possible higher maintenance – Dome moves constantly throughout imaging session – RoR opens and closes once per session – Have a friend with RoR that served as an adviser Either one will work fine – Go with what you are comfortable with

4 Required Equipment Pier WEB Switch – To turn equipment on/off Video Camera(s) – To see what is going on in the observatory

5 Required Equipment Pier – Concrete Pier using Sonotube Cheapest solution Need to consider mounting plate for mount

6 Required Equipment Pier – Omega1 pier from Backyard Observatories – More expensive ($800.00) – Pre-installed electrical outlets – Reusable in the future –

7 Required Equipment Web Power Switch – Power control via the web – Controls up to 8 devices – Connects to internet via IP:port address i.e :1234 –

8 Required Equipment Web Power Switch

9 Required Equipment Video – Express 4 Video Server (~$600.00) Controls 4 independent video cameras Streams all four channels to WEB address WEB access using IP address:port ( :23)

10 Required Equipment Video – Video Camera ($ each) Very low LUX rating (0.0003) Need video cable and power supply Security-Cameras/PC88WR-2 Security-Cameras/PC88WR-2

11 Required Equipment Video Web Page

12 Required Equipment Video – Internet Camera ($235.00) TRENDnet SecurView Day/Night Pan/Tilt/Zoom Internet Surveillance Camera TV-IP422 (White) Would recommend getting wired version Avoid infrared cameras Surveillance-TV-IP422W/dp/B0018DJF4K/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_26 Surveillance-TV-IP422W/dp/B0018DJF4K/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_26

13 Optional Equipment Backup Power Supply Dome Controller Power Monitor At-Park Monitor Weather Monitor Flip-Flat

14 Backup Power Supply Backup Power Supply ($ $500.00)

15 Foster Systems – Dome Controller ($260) – At-Park Monitor ($35) – Power Monitor ($30) – Weather Monitor ($630) –

16 Foster Systems Foster Systems – Master Controller

17 Foster Systems Foster Systems – Dashboard

18 Foster Systems Foster Systems – RoR Controller

19 Foster Systems Foster Systems – A-Park Monitor

20 Foster Systems Magnetic Switches – Tane Alarm Products Model SM35WG These have a 2-inch gap tolerance (WG stands for wide gap) Easier to work with on RA/DEC since it is not always possible to space them close together – In Phoenix I got mine at Tri-Ed 3725 E Roeser Rd., Suite 15 Phoenix, AZ Tel Fax – Use 20 or 22-guage 2-wire security cable Available at Home Depot

21 Foster Systems Foster Systems – Power Monitor

22 Foster Systems Foster Systems – Weather Monitor

23 Foster Systems Flip-Flat – Used to take flat field images ($450.00) –

24 Software ACP – Main observatory control software MaximDL – Controls Camera and guide scope FocusMax – Performs camera auto focus Pempro – PEC and polar alignment

25 Software ACP ($ plus $295.00/year) – Main observatory control software – Controls roof, telescope, mount, camera, focuser, FTP for file transfers – Integrates with MaximDL, FocusMax, Foster Systems controllers, and all equipment drivers – Fully ASCOM compatible

26 Software ACP

27 Software ACP Telescope Setup

28 Software ACP Roof Setup

29 Software ACP Camera Setup

30 Software ACP Auto Guiding Setup

31 Software ACP Auto Focus Setup

32 Software MaximDL ($600.00) – Camera and Guider control software – Integrates with ACP and telescope – Controls guider and image acquisition

33 Software MaximDL

34 Software FocusMax – Controls most autofocusers – I use Microtouch Autofocuser – Integrates with ACP to perform autofocus before and during image acquisition – Freeware

35 Software FocusMax

36 Software Pempro ($150.00) – PEC Measure and train PEC on most mounts – Polar Align Wizard Assists with drift method for polar alignment

37 Total Cost Lease: $ Observatory: $ Pier: $ Web switch: $ Video Server: $ Video Cameras: $ Foster Systems Controller: $ ACP: $ MaximDL: $ Pempro $ Total: $17,404.00

38 Some Pictures

39 Pictures Foundation

40 Pictures Slab

41 Pictures Midpoint

42 Pictures M33 Observatory

43 Pictures M33 Equipment

44 Pictures M92 PGC 59984

45 Pictures NGC 869 & 884

46 Pictures NGC 869 & 884

47 Pictures Lunar Eclipse

48 Pictures M42 Trapezium

49 Pictures IC 405

50 Pictures M33 NGC 604

51 M78 McNeil's Nebula

52 M101 NGC 5477 PGC 49919

53 M81 Holmberg IX

54 Demo ; ; ; This plan was generated by ACP Planner ; ; ; For: Bernard ; Location: Rancho Hidalgo ; Coords: Lat = 31° 56' 49" Lon = 108° 53' 54" ; Targets: 1 ; ; NOTE: Timing features are disabled ; ; Autofocus at start of run. ; ; ; #autofocus ; ; === Target M81 === ; #dither 0.8 ; Automatic dithering #repeat 1 #count 1 #filter Luminance #interval 60 #binning 1 M8109:55: ° 04' 02.0" #dither 0 ; Disable dithering ; #shutdown ; Shut down the observatory ; ; ; END OF PLAN ; ;

55 Links My Web site: Rancho Hidalgo: Granite Gap: Backyard Observatories: Web Power Switch: loggers.com/lpc.htmlhttp://www.digital- loggers.com/lpc.html Video Server: server server

56 Links CaliforniaPC.com (Video Server): APC (UPS): Foster Systems: ACP Observatory Control: MaximDL: FocusMax: Pempro:


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