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Old 28-01-2019, 07:29 PM
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Dome automation?

I have a Nexdome with a rotation kit installed. It's all run through a laptop running windows 10 and SGP pro. It has power and high speed internet via an ethernet cable. Overall, it works pretty well. BUT. I'm not onsite very often, and when i am, it's often cloudy. SO. I want to image remotely when the sky is clear.

While i can use software like team viewer, I was wondering if anyone could give some recommendations for how i can remotely power on a PC (not wake it), boot it up, and power on and connect on all my equipment? If i can do this, i would also get a shutter kit for the dome which is easy enough to install (if i have the cash). However, i would also need an all sky camera (i have an ASI224MC with a lens so could use that) and some way to shut the dome up automatically if the weather closed in. Also, is it possible to install a mechanism to open and shut the cover on the front of my 10inch CF OTA?
All this sounds expensive, so it's probably not worth it. But i would like to know the best way forward and dream. Hope this makes sense. Thanks all!
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Old 31-01-2019, 01:04 PM
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http://www.aviosys.com/ippower.html

I use a 4 port IP Power device to control my observatory (model 9258).

The trick to booting up your pc is to set the bios to reboot the machine after power failure - this means that after you shut down the PC as normal you can then power it down in between sessions using the remote switch. As soon as you put the power back on, up it will come!
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Old 13-02-2019, 11:57 AM
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Thanks Jonathon. I'll look into that. Sounds promising...
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Jonathan,
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How do you protect the camera lenses/ telescope objectives in a remote observatory set-up????
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Old 13-02-2019, 05:38 PM
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I don't.

Fortunately, the dome environment is extremely optics friendly and the only maintenance required is usually a dusting down occasionally.

My remote observatory is not actually very far away - 50m in fact. However I make it a point of principle to never set foot in it for months at an end

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Jonathan,
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How do you protect the camera lenses/ telescope objectives in a remote observatory set-up????
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Old 13-02-2019, 05:49 PM
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Jonathan,
Thanks.
Id be interesting to hear from others as to how they protect optics in a remote environment.
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Old 25-02-2019, 12:17 PM
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Optics protection

Hi Steve,
If funds permit, you could purchase a Gemini Snapcap for your 10" tube.
http://www.geminitelescope.com/snapc...-tube-ota-cap/
Unfortunately you'll be looking at almost 500 EUR for the full kit with PC control for an OTA your size!
It seems a relatively simple design for a pro DIYer...
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:20 PM
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automated OTA cap

FYI, Foster Systems also make an automated OTA cap
https://www.fostersystems.com/online...ller-p77910633
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