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Tristar Observatory Obs Tour : Part 3 – Putting It All Together

Part 3 of the Obs Tour series is coming (hopefully!) on Saturday, November 10th, at 1745 CST/2345 UTC, as a LIVSTREAM! I’ll be livestreaming a data acquisition session, showing the software that runs and monitors the obs, how a session … Continue reading

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TriStar Observatory Obs Tour : Part 2 – The Observatory

Part 2 of the Observatory Tour Video Series has been up for a while now.  I just suck, and forgot to blog it. 🙂

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LDN 1153, 1160, 1164, and 1165 in Cephus

This is LDN 1153, 1160, 1164, and 1165 in Cephus, taken from TriStar Observatory from 2018-09-29 to 2018-10-12. First saw this target imaged a couple of years ago, and was really struck by LDN 1165 and 1164 in particular…always looked like a … Continue reading

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LDN889

Finished a 4-panel mosaic of LDN889 over the weekend.  ~48 hours of total integration time in this image. Stellarvue SV80ST Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO Atik 414ex Astrodon 1.25″ 3nm NB filters QHY5L-II guidcam in a Starlight XPress mini filter wheel w/ … Continue reading

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A Pox Upon Weather Underground

So…I’ve pretty much had it with Weather Underground. Pages are frequently unavailable, or contain no data. Sometimes, the discussion board for one station shows up for another…or several others. Settings like F or C, Station Statuses, etc are difficult if … Continue reading

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New video : Observatory Tour Part 1 – The Rig

Got a request a while back for an obs tour video. Figured I’d chop the tour up into sections, each featuring a different component or system. Here is the first of those segments, covering the main imaging rig itself.  

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♫ Back in the saddle again ♪

What a back and forth summer it’s been. June’s trip to Marathon was fraught with gear issues, most notably my AP Mach1 GTO literally grinding itself to bits, thanks to some seized bearings. Upon returning, the mount immediately went back … Continue reading

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Phew!

It has been a busy busy busy few weeks…both in and out of the Obs.  Of course, you don’t care about out of the obs, so…. The power and obs monitoring project is more or less complete.  There may still … Continue reading

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Reading Serial Data from the TriMetric

So I LOVE the Bogart Engineering TriMetric TM-2030 and SC-2030 monitor and charge controller.  A match made in heaven, for sure. Now, according to the TriMetric’s Technical Manual : Serial data output: For extreme techies only: The TM-2030 also has … Continue reading

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Another livestream :)

Livestream tonight, NGC 2174 data acquisition. 6:15pm CST Come watch the robots do their thing! https://www.twitch.tv/eorequis

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