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Dual scope rig - right side, 





    
        

            Tony Cook

Dual scope rig - right side

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27th July 2017

I've now started work on the last phase of my remote operated telescope rig. The Starlight Xpress 16200 camera should be available now in mid August (I hope) which means I can finally get the top scope (FSQ 106 EDX4) tested. The SX Maxi wheel will also be fitted with 9 x 2" filters (still to decide what set but will look at NIR and red continuum options in addition to LRGB and NB filters)

I'm also finalising the installation and calibration of a set of sensors for monitoring voltage and current at various points (to detect device problems/failure), additional temperature sensors to check dew heaters, a dew and raindrop sensor to automate rig parking and lens cap closure, a sky temperature sensor (for detecting clouds) and finally a load cell (to check that a custom built camera rotator backlash compensator has the right tension - i.e. an elasticated strap). This is all managed by an Arduino Mega microcontroller.

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Tony Cook
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Dual scope rig - right side, 





    
        

            Tony Cook

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