SteveBz Posted May 25, 2017 Share Posted May 25, 2017 (edited) Hi Guys, Today marked the opening of the long awaited Woodside Obervatory. In my efforts to avoid having to put up and dismantle my scope every night, I replaced the roof of the old toolshed with a lightweight, pull off variety made from some leftover gardening materials. Here is the outside. The carefully chosen, designer paint job deters would-be intruders: The inside reveals a remotely controlled C8-N (not even standing room). With Arduino controlled autofocus, DSLR and auto-guiding: And removable roof... All connected with an extended 15m USB cable to my laptop on the kitchen table. It had a quick test run today and it has nice southerly views of the ecliptic and northerly views of Polaris, for Polar alignment. It now takes 10 minutes or less to set up and put away. The hedge will need a bit of "fine-tuning" as will the height of the mount and I hope to put hinges on some of the wooden walls to open up some of the views. Total cost to date: £2.99 on gate hinges, which I have not even used yet. Thanks for looking and suggestions welcome. Regards Steve. PS Just added a more South facing opening. Edited June 3, 2017 by SteveBz Updates. 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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