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Spaced Out

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  1. Thanks all for your advice. For me the safe and familiar route would be a long cable linked to my laptop in the shed. However, I have also seen these DIY wireless raspberry pi cams online that look pretty cool. While this intrigues me, I have no knowledge of raspberry pi, how they work, what they might be capable of or their reliability. I also have zero experience of programming computers of any kind ! I’m guessing this option would solve the long USB cable issue but it might bring a whole load of other problems to a tech-duffer like me ?!
  2. My mate has just offered me a free dehumidifier that would fit in my storage corner too ! I hope with some more vents added and this sitting in reserve my gear should survive .
  3. Thanks, yep this is what I have done already in the other half
  4. OK, just read all of your replies, thank you ! So, as well as vents in the warm room part which I have already fitted, it seems like some vents in the storage corner/cupboard are definitely recommended then ! Luckily I have 2 more vents spare so I can fit these tomorrow to ensure some airflow through that part too.
  5. Thanks for replying. Yes I have put some small passive vents in the warm room part but the storage bit doesn't have any vents fitted at this time. It's was a flimsy old shed without any vents and it used to get a bit of condensation in there. To counter this I have insulated it all, blocked out the windows and added a few small passive vents, I hope that this will reduce temperature fluctuations and also allow air to circulate better. So far there has been zero condensation but it's very early days yet ! I am concerned about what to do with the storage bit, if I am using the rest as a warm room then it will get hot and then cold and then hot again, and so on ! Not sure how to best manage this in the little storage area I’m creating ? I'm guessing insulating it and keeping it shut with a low watt heater is the best I can do ? But what about vents, is that a good idea or not ?
  6. WOW ! That looks great, I bet you're fired up to get it assembled !
  7. Thanks for this. I'm sure I read somewhere that some people had reliability issues when using repeater cables with astro gear outdoors, should I worry about that ? I'm a complete duffer with stuff like this tbh, I'm not sure if a standard cable would still work up to 10m or if a repeater cable would definitely be required for that sort of distance ?
  8. Hi All The boss recently gave me the green light to convert our little old shed into a warm room (with the addition of a concrete pier nearby). I’ve used leftovers from other projects and recycled various bits to cobble together a low cost fully insulated shed. A week’s work and it’s slowly taking shape. It’s not perfect but apart from a sheet of plywood, 2 sheets of kingspan and some armoured cable it hasn’t cost me much. So far I’ve blocked the windows out, added 2 small passive air vents, re-enforced the floor and doors, fully insulated with kingspan, lined it all with various bits of plywood I had lying around, covered the floor with some old laminate and undergrounded (is that a word ?!) some cables to and from the pier location. Anyway, my question/concern........ As well as using this shed as a warm room I also want to store my gear (including 2 reflectors) in there because it’s taking up too much space in our tiny house. So, I have decided to build a cupboard at one end of the shed to store stuff in, this will be insulated and sealed (no air vents) and I was planning on running a low wattage heater (puppy pad or bulb) to try and maintain a fairly steady temperature in there. One of my telescopes will be stored in a zipped geoptic telescope bag and the other in a sealed plastic box and I will add silica gel to these. My other gubbins will be kept in a plastic toolbox. My concern is that when I start to use the shed as a warm room I will be heating it up and then cooling it down when I’ve finished, I will try to isolate the storage area the best I can but I guess some temperature fluctuation will be inevitable ? Will this cause problems with my stored optics ? Is keeping this storage area well insulated and sealed the right thing to do ? I was worried that adding air vents to the storage area might that just allow moist air to flow in from outside and perhaps allow greater temperature fluctuations too ? Any advice would be most welcome at this stage. PS - I’m on a tight budget for this so I don’t really want to fork out on a dehumidifier if can I help it !
  9. Hi all I’m just hatching a plan to build a sky cam using one of these cameras (or similar). However, to get this camera in the location I would like I’ll need approximately 7-8m of USB cable running from the camera to my laptop in the shed/mini obs. So, I’m guessing a 10m cable will be the nearest I can get. Is this realistic or will it be a hassle to get it working ? Thanks Gary
  10. I'm interested in this one ! I've just fully insulated my little shed to use as a warm room too. Previously this shed was a sealed condensation box with marked temperature fluctuations, so I’ve replaced the windows with shiplap to block out daylight (to hopefully reduce temperature fluctuations) and put in two small passive vents (one high and one low) to allow airflow. I've put the vents in thinking it must be the sensible thing to reduce condensation risk, but I am also wondering whether it will just lead to heat loss when I’m in there, even though I've insulated from top to bottom? I'm hoping as this shed is so small the heat loss won't be too much of an issue, but time will tell, once I’ve hooked up the electrics I’ll give it a go !
  11. Thanks Gina, this is really helpful. I just looked on youtube at all sky time lapse clips using this camera, the quality seems pretty good with just the standard lens provided. Certainly looks like a good choice to get me started anyway.
  12. Fingers crossed eh ! I've got a couple of fast wide angle DLSR lenses for nightscapes but I'd rather keep them for that. On searching the web for DIY all sky cams it seems some of the little fisheyes people use to fit these ZWO cameras aren't too expensive and produce reasonable results, just wondered if there was a wide angle option rather than the full fisheye.
  13. Ah, OK thanks. I was not thinking about using a DSLR lens tbh. Having just seen a few of these fairly cheap little fisheyes bunged onto a ZWO camera and used for all sky stuff I just presumed there would be something similar available but offering a wide angle rather than a full on 180 type fisheye.
  14. Hi all I’m thinking of setting up a simple north facing ‘sky camera’ in our garden to capture the night sky and particularly the aurora when it appears. I have regularly used my DSLR for this, controlling it via wifi and taking shots every couple of minutes. Now I’m thinking of a more permanent set up for the roof of my mini obs, something along the lines of a weather sealed all sky cam. I’ve read a few threads and websites regarding DIY all sky cameras and I’m happy to buy a few components to build something myself. From what I’ve read it seems pretty straightforward. I see that the ZWO range of cameras seem a popular choice for this purpose, I was just wondering which camera people would recommend ? I am thinking it needs to be a colour cam and my budget is probably going to be about £250, happy to go with used equipment. I am also wondering if anyone can recommend a good lens, ideally for under £100 ? Most of the things I’ve read so far have related to fisheyes with near 180 degrees view, this might be an option later but for now I’m thinking I need a wide angle lens to point northwards. Thanks in advance for your help.
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