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The Galileo system of navigational satellites will be a European equivalent of the US GPS or Russian GLONASS navigation systems. Here's a brief notice from ESA: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Galileo/Launching_Galileo/Watch_the_launch_of_Galileo-13_14 Europe takes its next step in creating its own navigation satellite constellation on Tuesday 24 May, with the launch of the 13th and 14th Galileo satellites. The pair is scheduled to lift off at 08:48:43 GMT (05:48:43 local time, 10:48:43 CEST) on 24 May from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a Soyuz launcher. The first three stages of the Soyuz rocket take the Galileo satellites and their Fregat upper stage into low orbit just short of nine minutes after liftoff. Then the reignitable Fregat, as much a spacecraft as a rocket stage, then takes over the task of hauling the satellites higher through a pair of burns. The satellites will be released in opposite directions by their dispenser once they reach their target 22 522 km-altitude orbit at 3 h 48 min after launch. Streaming begins at 08:28 GMT (10:28 CEST) on 24 May for the liftoff, then resumes at 12:23 GMT (14:23 CEST) to cover the satellites’ separation.
Hi Stargazers. This is perhaps 2 questions in one. I have recently had to replace my SynScan hand controller after the Welsh climate did for my previous one. I use it to control an EQ8 mount. It works fine but being a version 5 has an extra port. As well as the Port to connect to the mount and the multi-purpose port it now sports a USB port type B ( the square sort like wot wired printers use ). This is new and I wonder what can it be used for ? the documentation with the hand controller does not seem to mention it at all. Also I use a gps mouse that plugs into the multipurpose port but I would like to use this port to connect to my computer serial port, and "The Sky X". Clearly I can't run this and the gps at the same time. once the mount has gone through the initial setup with the gps mouse connected, is it ok to unplug the GPS mouse and plug in the computer cable instead ? will this work or will the mount lose its time and location data when the gps is unplugged. Altertnatively is there a way I can use the new USB port to connect to the computer instead ? From my reading of the "Sky X" help pages it only seems to work via a serial connection. Any ideas or thoughts on these points would be most welcome. A friend suggested trying a usb to serial adapter in reverse !! I think he was joking !!! Thank you for any comments.
Got tired of the mess of cables and loose devices I had to always put together and dismantle after each astrophotography session so I figured I'd do something about it. This tray will sit nicely under the tripod and provide a hub for everything including Fused Power, Raspberry Pi, USB Hub, GPS, Dew Heaters, Long Range WiFi etc... First version will be really crude as I need to have this working in less than a week as I'm going on a holiday taking my astro gear with me.
I went to my dark site last night for a little stargazing with a buddy and the hopes to see my first comet through a telescope (or binoculars!). I had a few other things on my list, namely M81 and M82 and the Blue Snowball Nebula. I headed out armed with my telescope, 3 new EPs, a new nebula filter, a new 2" dielectric diagonal, and high hopes. We arrived and got set up, and for the first time since I've owned it my Celestron GPS unit was not working. It was powered up, but it just didn't seem to be connecting to the telescope as the scope kept asking me to program in the time and coordinates. I hadn't brought an alternative GPS, as I have not had this issue in the past, and so I was not able to set up my scope for GoTo or for tracking. I spend quite a lot of time messing with it, but to no avail. By the time I got to observing I had already messed around with the equipment for a long while and time was getting short. I took a long look at the Ring Nebula and Andromeda, then went on to look for the comet (C/2017 ASAS/SN). Supposedly it is possible to see through binoculars, but I was having trouble spotting it with either scope or binos. I know I was in the right part of the sky, but I suspect it was just dim and my newbie eyes had trouble finding it. It is supposed to be magnitude 12 or so right now, and being new as I am to astronomy I don't know exactly how that looks in the sky. Anyway, by the time I gave up on the comet, it was cold and I was ready to pack up. No new observations for me. I think the comet is supposed to be most easily observable on 10/18, and I will probably try to get out again and search for it. I also have all these new gadgets I need to get the feel for. I really want to make some good use of this new nebula filter soon. Thanks for reading and clear skies!