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  1. Ever since I purchased my Pulsar 2.1 Metre Dome I've been itching to automate it, to extend my imaging time and increase my sleeping hours. The first hurdle was how to mount a suitable drive system to rotate the mount. As anyone who posesses an older 2.1 metre Pulsar dome knows, it is not conjusive to being automated as there is no suitable means of support for driving the dome. I have decided to use the Levesdome project route. http://www.dppobservatory.net/DomeAutomation/DomeDriver.php . I have built all the electrics and it works ok. I am going to drive my dome using a toothed belt mounted onto a wooden shelf attached to the inside of dome. It will be driven by a heavy duty windscreen wiper motor, with positioning sequenced with a Mouser Encoder. The "wooden Shelf" or will be segments spanning the 16 flats of the dome, forming a complete circle and fastened from the outside by stainless steel screws. The circumference in which the toothed belt will be bonded, will be machined with a router attached "fixed" to the wall inner rim and trimmed to size by slowly rotating the dome. After bonding the timing belt in position the Motor will be mounted to the wall inner rim, with the drive gear sprung loaded onto the belt. Hope that makes sense. The drive belt mount segments were roughly cut to a master segment. They, in turn, will be individually fitted to the dome and it's manufacturing irregularities. The segments were secured to the dome with 5mm x 40mm long AB point security torx stainless steel screws. Two per segment. Photo showing the outer shell of the Dome with the torx screws in position. Photo showing the router mounted in position prior to machining. Now the "shelf / Drive Belt Mount" is positioned, secured and machined. I have now ordered the Timing Belt form Beltingonline. A type T10 toothed belt. 20mm wide & 6.250 metres long. Steve
  2. Yes T10 belt 16mm wide and the sprocket 40 tooth. I purchased a second hand 12v car wiper motor with a mounting configuration that suited my Dome. But I had to add a motor controller to reduce the motor speed. You need to slow the motor down, so that the Dome completes a full rotation in around 90 seconds. Steve
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    Very excited 44 year old XT8 owner greetings

    Hi M and a very warm welcome to the Lounge Steve
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    Hi from Preston, UK

    Hi Rob and a very warm welcome to the Lounge Steve
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    Software upgrade

    I've used SGPro for around 3 years after migrating from MaximDL v5xx and could not justify paying the increase to v6. SGPro fit the bill as I'm observatory based, and, with any software that goes a long way to automating your imaging sequences, there is a learning curve. You can find lots of information youtube and astro foums, including Main Sequence (SGPro) about setting up your particular equipment. Once set correctly it runs a dream. Steve
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    R.I.P Opportunity

    It's been like an old friend, hoping it would last forever. One day they will find it....... Steve
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    Light Pollution. A Positive!

    Great result. A photograph showing the issue can speak volumes. Steve
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    Luna 13-2-2019 3 pane mosaic

    Great image Steve. The subtle colours gives it a surreal 3D effect. Steve
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    M31, M48 and 3C 273

    Nice renditions. how do you keep your hands from shaking, in what must have been very cold temperatures. Steve
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    A close-up of The Whirlpool Galaxy - LRGB 17hrs

    Very good close up of a popular subject, great detail and nicely processed. Steve
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    Hi from new member

    Hi Paul and a very warm welcome to the Lounge Steve
  12. Just ordered one Steve
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    Hi all!

    Hi Vicki and a very warm welcome to the Lounge Steve
  14. Hi Gina That is exactly the type of solenoid I require for dead locking my shutter.....When I automate it this summer. Steve
  15. That's going to be a fabulous project. 105" computer screens across the 8.5ft wall Steve
  16. I agree with Anne, yours is the newer 2.2 Pulsar Dome and Anne & mine are the older 2.1 Pulsar Domes. When you assemble your dome, if can take some photos of the wall and dome configuration I could possibly help on how to modify it. Steve
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    PixInsight,,,,,its looks complicated

    If you feel Pixinsight is not for you. Try StarTools, it's not so icon based and a "no limit" trial version is available. Altough you cannot print with the trial version. http://www.startools.org/ Steve
  18. Great scope and as you pointed out 19 kg is not too heavy for a 12" scope. Steve
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    Hi From Ellesmere Port New to Forum

    Hi and a very warm welcome to the Lounge. Good luck on your choice of scope Steve
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    New Membor

    Hi Mat and a very warm welcome to the Lounge. Nice photo's btw Steve
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    PixInsight,,,,,its looks complicated

    Harry's videos are a great way to learning Pixinsight. They're free and what's more Harry Page is a prominent member of this site https://www.harrysastroshed.com/pixinsight/pixinsight video html/Pixinsighthome.html Steve
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    Looking and learning

    Hi Deb and a very warm welcome to the Lounge Steve
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    South Pole Aurora Video

    Stunning video of an incredible sky. Amazing how many satellites there are during the time lapse scenes. Steve
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    Hi and a very warm welcome to the Lounge Steve
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    The Horse Head in HaRGB

    I see your point Olly. Although Alnitak is not present in my image NGC 2023 is. It certainly shows in the RGB image but not prevalent in the Ha image. Steve

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