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    will update this thread asap in the next few hours (it is raining again here, and i have some time before everyone wakes up)

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    I have a USB 2.0 Hub that cost about $30 that had a very long usb cable shown here:


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    As you can see here, there are only 2 cables on the mount and from the usb at night I connect 2 cables, one from the hub to the guider and one from the hub to the DSLR camera (which the scopes are already ready and focused for accepting the cams - the guider is permanently attached to the ST-80 guidescope)




    I hook the end of it the usb hub cable which is quite long already (maybe 2 meters) to 2 extenders (i think they came with ipod?) that extend the length of the usb cables to over 3m allowing the setup to be "remotely" controlled from inside. The door must be kept open slightly (allowing cold or hot air inside unfortunately) however as there is no way to hook it inside.

    Using Nebulosity on the laptop, I then set capture for X images and y exposure time, and then have the directory set to a network folder.

    From my powerful computer, I then download the network folder images to a local drive and align/process them as they appear.

    The cable setup, networking and optimization/minimization of imaging came over a year or so and I finally have a workable imaging setup to image within 10-15 minutes max.
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    Cool idea Gus ! I had been thinking of doing similar next few days ( I am working last night tonight ). Would be helpful for some , I think , let them see in pictures and txt what equipment folk use .

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    well it took months not hours but I will post photos today Done see first post
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    That's great. The more organized you are, the more time you can spend on target catching rays. Which is why I get so little time on target...

    I'm just learning how to get my cables organized for quick assembly. Everything is covered with Velcro, the astronomer's friend, and I've used it to attach a USB hub to the laptop, and I just string a bundle of 3 or 4 cables from it over to the mount, like some strange spacecraft umbilical or something.

    I still trip over it in the dark, though.

    Now if I could just remember to remove the focus mask before starting that long series of exposures...

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