Category: Automation

Automation Phase 3 – Roof

Automation Phase 3 – Roof Observatory Automation Project -//- Phase 1 – Software -//- Phase 2 – Power The third phase of the automation project is the roof. Not only does it need power, it needs to roll very smoothly to ensure the motors don’t stall when opening and closing the roof. So this element […]

Automation Phase 2 – Power

Automation Phase 2 – Power Observatory Automation Project -//- Phase 1 – Software -//- Phase 3 – Roof Timeline of Activities 2nd December 2016 I now have the Vellemen VM110N and VM129 boards! Yay!! I spent the weekend of 3rd/4th December installing Visual Studio 2015 Community edition, and learning some very basic VB .Net! I managed to write a […]

Automation Phase 1 – Software

Automation Phase 1 – Software Observatory Automation Project -//- Phase 2 – Power -//- Phase 3 – Roof Timeline of Activities 29th September 2017 I have been lax in keeping these pages up to date because of work and other commitments, however, I have not been totally idle! The MHP is now in place, but […]

Observatory Automation Project

Observatory Automation Like so many other astronomers, I am now starting on a project to upgrade my observatory to allow full unattended imaging. My definition of ‘unattended’ is that I will be at home but potentially inside the house. Although this project would give the capability of full robotic operation, I’m not sure if that […]