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Old 02-06-2020, 07:21 PM
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Even if I did, still not as hardcore as pushing the dome to follow the scope, Mike
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Old 02-06-2020, 09:23 PM
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Even if I did, still not as hardcore as pushing the dome to follow the scope, Mike
Tribute to an early idol of mine https://youtu.be/0heLGE-oF0o

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Old 02-06-2020, 09:41 PM
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Tribute to an early idol of mine https://youtu.be/0heLGE-oF0o


😂 oohh the work involved...
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Old 01-07-2020, 09:05 PM
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Hi everyone.


Getting close now to the final installation.


I have everything wired up now, appart from the wires on the scope, which I'll do in the coming days, so for the next week or two, I'll let it run to sort out any issues that may arise.



The pictures show;
- The roof motor with 24v backup batteries
- the PC which will sit at the base of the mount, on the box is a USB SSD for periodic backups using Acronis software

- one of the enclosures with a couple of raspberry PI computers, and a couple of relays for roof closure redundancies.

- roof position sensors and a toggle switch so that the fans and dehumidifier can only operate if the roof is shut.
- Power supply equipment.

- an enclosure with solid state relays for remote power switching. Below them is the interactive astronomy sky roof hardware. To the right of that in the small enclosure is the 4g modem.

- then the fusses and bus bar enclosure.
- on the right of that is the enclosure with the IP switches. Prety self explanatory, turns on and off the gear, it's programmable and scriptable. In here is also some relays that are switched by the outputs from the modem, which is always on, so I'm able to power cycle the solid state relays to power cycle equipment. On the front of this enclosure is a simple ZWO 120 camera to view the state if the relays remotly for diagnostic purposes. Also there is a web cam on the front of the other box to monitor a relay which tels me if there is 240v from the 240v relay and therefore to the roof motor. Closure of the roof is quite important .
- the other 2 enclosures are for the DVR for the IP cameras, and for the Ethernet hubs. I made my own Ethernet cables to get exact lengths.
- lastly there is a programmable controller. Amongst the many things this can do, I'll use it for turning on the fans and dehumidifier based on humidity and temperature readings. It'll then send me an email, and log the days readings.


Afyer a few more paint touchups... I reckon it'll be on the truck in 2 weeks, on it's way to the site.

Thanks for reading if you got this far
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Old 01-07-2020, 09:10 PM
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Old 02-07-2020, 01:40 AM
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Amazing job Joshua. Looking forward to seeing the final installation. Don't drop it!
Cheers, Richard
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:28 AM
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All I can say is ... extraordinary!!
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All I can say is ... extraordinary!!
+1! Very professional wiring job.
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Old 07-07-2020, 03:20 PM
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Thanks Glen, Richard and Marc.
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Old 18-07-2020, 10:52 AM
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Old 18-07-2020, 11:00 AM
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I have no idea of what I'm looking at although I recognised a ZWO on one of the panel but it looks bloody amazing.
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Old 19-07-2020, 02:45 PM
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Thanks Lads.

I had plans to start movi g it to its location this weekend, but the truck was not available so it's next weekend now.
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Old 21-07-2020, 10:28 AM
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What a labour of love that is .. a lot of time in this construction and a terrific end result..... also a lot of ' thought ' has gone into this project.

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Old 21-07-2020, 05:02 PM
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I just read the entire thread and I'm feeling exhausted!
A very impressive effort.
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Old 23-07-2020, 03:09 PM
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Thanks for reading, Richard and Collin. I've tried to think of most things. It's going to be a hard job adding further items after its installed.


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Old 23-07-2020, 03:45 PM
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Destined to be one of the great amateur observatories...stuff of legend

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Old 24-07-2020, 08:24 PM
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Destined to be one of the great amateur observatories...stuff of legend

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Time will tell, thankyou Mike!


Tonight I'm moving everything to the site, except for the observatory top.
Next week is cementing, and the week after I'll put the observatory up top... That's the plan anyway


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Outstanding - Ground seeing begone! Just stunning.
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Old 25-07-2020, 03:31 PM
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This is me visiting your observatory...

Can't wait

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