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    I have yet to get a telescope, but I want to get into
    astrophotography. I am wondering if wireless CCD astrophotography is
    possible? It seems like if USB or whatever cables can control the
    telescope from a PC, and if cables from a CCD communicate with a PC,
    shouldn't it be possible to do wireless communication between a PC and
    a computerized GOTO telescope equipped with a CCD or webcam for image
    capture?


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    beowulf@nowhere.net wrote:


    (Why is it you people are afraid to actually use a real name ?)

    Not exactly, But you can put a computer near the scope that can handle
    all that and then access the data and control it from another PC wireless.

    Bill

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    On Aug 11, 12:54 pm, "William R. Mattil" <wrmat...@ix.netcom.com>
    wrote:
    ....

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    My geneology is from the region (northern Europe / Scandinavia) where
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    My real name is somewhat of a word play on the name Beowulf (Randall
    translates as 'Shieldwolf')
    I prefer not to use my real full name on the web, privacy issues (I
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    On Aug 11, 12:00 pm, "beow...@nowhere.net" <r.oeler...@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    Send her over here -- I'm bored what with bad skies since 2003.

    :-)


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    LOL

    Ben


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    On Sat, 11 Aug 2007 17:45:36 -0000, "beowulf@nowhere.net"
    <r.oelerich@gmail.com> wrote:


    Sure. There are a couple of ways to do it. The simplest is just to put a
    computer at the telescope running all of the control applications, and
    then use Remote Desktop or some other remote control software to access
    it from another computer using a wireless network connection. A better
    way, although somewhat more complicated to set up initially, is to
    convert all the interfaces at the scope (typically serial and USB) to
    separate Ethernet interfaces, and then run the control software on some
    other computer, again connected via wireless. That's what I do: see
    http://www.cloudbait.com/observatory/robotic.html . This gives me single
    wire (or wireless) control of my entire observatory from anywhere on my
    LAN: scope, camera, guider, focuser, everything.

    _________________________________________________

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    Chris L Peterson <clp@alumni.caltech.edu> wrote in
    news:4trsb3do98ffh13abt4ar2qb6vkkitc46i@4ax.com:


    nice setup - (note: the etherlite link is dead)

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    On Sun, 12 Aug 2007 00:20:35 -0500, Pierre Vandevennne
    <pierre@datarescue_ns.com> wrote:


    Thanks. I fixed the link. The EtherLite 16 isn't made anymore, but it is
    essentially identical to the EtherLite 160 (at least, I can't see any
    differences).

    The observatory computer runs XP now, not W2K. Otherwise, the diagram is
    still pretty accurate.

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    Cloudbait Observatory
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    On Aug 11, 9:30 pm, Chris L Peterson <c...@alumni.caltech.edu> wrote:
    ....


    Thank you, I will study your linked site. It is just that here in
    northern MN it gets so fricken cold much of the year, I need to find a
    way to use a telescope when it is so cold outside. Actually wired
    would even work I suppose, I could set up the scope out at a dark
    site, run the USB or whatever cables through the car door with the
    windshield almost rolled up, have a car heater on, laptop in car, as
    long as all the power could come from the cigarette lighter, o/w I
    guess i could get a powerpack for portable electricity. The warmth of
    the car would be nice though. But if I can figure out wireless, and
    live with some light pollution, I could put a scope on my second
    story deck on the back of my house and control it all from inside my
    house; I have an electrical outlet outside so that is no problem-- I
    just wonder if a telescope and associated equipment could handle low
    temps (like how low? 0 to -10 F? we get down to -30F sometimes in the
    winter, often for a week, but that might be the week to pack up the
    scope and do something else!)


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    On Sun, 12 Aug 2007 13:14:08 -0000, "beowulf@nowhere.net"
    <r.oelerich@gmail.com> wrote:


    Most electronics isn't bothered by cold. All of my equipment works fine
    down to at least -20°F. I did need to replace the grease in my LX200
    with something rated for cold temperatures; the stuff it shipped with
    got hard enough to lock up the gears.

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    Cloudbait Observatory
    http://www.cloudbait.com

 

 

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