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Gonzo

a remote unmanned pico observatory

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Fantastic thread and thanks for sharing.
I am hoping to start work on something along these lines of the next month so thanks for taking the time to document everything.

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Version 2 of the box is up and running now.

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Everything is working, apart from the polar alignment which is not done due to bad weather this Christmas holidays :(

I have a plan to polar align remotely... I am only going to need ultimate patience... as I'm going to get "remote hands"....

 

One issue to note, due to a heavy snow fall, the fan was covered and when it melted down... guess what ;)

But, I do have a cunning plan for this, I'll be changing this for a mushroom style vent style.

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What a great looking setup. I remember seeing the original post and version one. Looks like it has moved on quite a bit!

Good luck with remote polar alignment!

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Forgot to mention that the fan is located slightly above the front limit switch, obviously with the water leak, it somehow went into the switch despite being IP66. I guess I must have forgot to check the gasket when I did the wiring.

The good thing is that such limit switch I got is fully rebuildable. And as I purchased two pairs, it was easy to fix. Do a search on eBay for "limit switch IP66" and you'll see the style I'm talking about, not cheap well worth the money and highly recommended.

 

The new box was setup summer 2017, it could have gone live then but I had a major issue with the rain sensor and the weather station so I left it off-line until I resolved the issues. Fast forward Christmas and it's all installed.

Remember that the box is in Germany..... not like I can go for walk in the back garden and check what's wrong with the observatory.

 

The all lot has been a journey and learnt a lot, and I do mean a LOT.

I also have a v3 design which I almost picked...

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15 minutes ago, Stu said:

What a great looking setup. I remember seeing the original post and version one. Looks like it has moved on quite a bit!

Good luck with remote polar alignment!

 

Within Ekos there is now a great polar alignment tool, I can run it and will be able to see how far out the mount is. I have done my best to "visually" align it as much as I could....

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Sadly, the weather has been quite bad since I came back from holidays, I'm checking my weather station every day and there is not enough time between clouds... to remote polar align. And I doubt they would be happy to do it at 1am... which is usually when it's mostly clear... lol

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