Moving my setup over to INDI
Let's see I started in this hobby spring of 2017. I'm in Grand Rapids, Michigan (home of LAKE EFFECT clouds and storms) 95+ in summer, -20F winters
Nextdome (I love it) with full automation
Mach1 (pictured is a older Skywatcher - which couldn't deliver what I wanted.
I use a 80mm (which is now on a AVX mount for portability). I've not really used it yet other than some tests.
I have a 6" APO in the dome. Rotator, .75 3" FF, usually a 1600MMpro.
Digital logges power switch allows me to power on and off each device from anywhere in the world.
The dome is 100 yards away from my desk where I operate it but i can be operated from anyhere with a internet connection.
I use to sit out there, but bugs and dew and boredom moved me inside. I rarely sit out there now.
I have cloud watcher that will close the dome and shut down if clouds move in (rain or wind). allows me to go to bed. I walk up to find it closed up nicely.
Use to run SGP and 6-7 apps - not thrilled with it or its support I spent Mach 2019 moving over to a PI in the dome as a server and I run Kstars/Ekos on desktop in the house.
Kstars and EKOS is AMAZING - needs polish - but it can do everything (just wow). I'm running stellarmate OS in the dome.
I also have a 11" RASA - I've installed a OAG on it too (I have them on my other scopes too) also added a EFW on the RASA. It should go into service in the next week.
Portable setup is Stellarvue 80 and ASI094 full frame OSC. I have bad LP in my skies, so the portable it to use at my daughters home that has bortle 2-3 instead of my 6.
I'm using a ASIair on the portable. Fully controlled from my ipad.
I have a ASI174mm for solar, astrodon RGB and SHO filters, All sky camera so I can see clouds as well. I may bring the Canon MKII into service by mounting it on the portable setup.
It's been a learning curve over the past two years, but it's fun to learn as I've had excellent success and even won a recent astro image competition and won another Stellarvue!.
It helps that I'm a world known portrait photographer (retired) and studio owner of 30 years. Images are a bit of my learning curve.
AP Mach1 / CP4 APCC & PEMpro.
EXP SCI - ED152cf APO - Celestron 11" RASA - Stellarvue 80mm
Baader F2 HS NB filters, Lodestar X2 guide camera / OAG - ZWO 290mm mini
ZWO ASI1600MM Pro / ASI174M (solar) / ASI094MC
NEXDome, CLoudwatcher, AVX mount/ASIair and Stellarmate
Welcome to Canada
8" Ritchey-Chretien telescope
Powered by Raspberry Pi 3 B on LUbuntu 16.04
Internal GPS Module
External WiFi adapter
External portable monitor
Bluetooth Keyboard, Joystick
Homemade EQmod Bluetooth Adapter to HEQ5 Pro
ASI120 with 50mm lense 'polemaster'
INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 4, 4gb
Raspbian Buster with AstroPi3 script configuration
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG/ASI120mm @280mm Guide Scope
Waveshare Stepper Motor Board - DIY Focuser
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
This is a Vixen SXD, which I converted to OnStep, using the
that I designed. On it, there is a C8 with a 0.6X reducer, and a Canon T4i/650D DSLR. A laptop on a table has Xubuntu 18.04 with KStars and INDI. There is also the
ESP32 Smart Hand Controller for OnStep
, which is a low cost HC designed by a friend. I ported the firmware from OnStep to it.
No motorized focuser, and no autoguiding.
Then, after polar alignment, I go inside and control the laptop using NoMachine over WiFi. OnStep is also WiFi connected, and an Android app on my phone controls it, if need be.
There is no motorized focuser, so I just use a Bahtinov mask.
Since this winter is all ice, the scope is sitting on ice.
I should get some pads for it to rest on.
At the end of the session, I remove the dew shield, and put the cover on the C8, then a hood over the scope. Then the next day I dismantle it. That way I don't do the tear down when I am tired and don't lose stuff in the dark.
Hi All, very impressive setups, keep up the excellent work!!
So here is my simple setup. I have built a power efficient setup and the whole thing takes about 5 mins to setup. The rig runs on 12VDC@ about 4.2A including the power draw from the QHY cooler). If im in the field, i can use my Canon dslr and power draw is only 2A, so i can run the thing all night on my small 25AHr battery. At home I use an old computer PSU to power all the electronics and the dedicated cooler PSU for cooling.
I have attached a few sample photos.
kstars is brilliant!!!!
Takahashi FC-100DF refractor
ZWO ASI 071 imaging camera
ZWO ASI 120MM on 30mm guidescope
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro mount with belt drive
Raspberry Pi 4 running Ubuntu 22.04LTS headless with KStars/indi
I live in southern germany and this is my backyard observatory located in my very small garden. It is surrounded by small houses and severe lightpollution. I have a small view from east to west, the north is covered from my house and the south from a neighbour. Clear nights are rare in germany, so I decided to place a EQ8 there so I can use nights beside weekends. The scope runs mostly unattended in the night. The mount and the tripod are out the year around covered with a grill cover. Scope and camera stay inside.
With the progress of INDI and CCDCiel I switched from Windows (ASCOM) to Linux (INDI) in 2018.
- 300/1200mm newton named CA300
- ZWO ASI183 camera with ASI 31mm filter wheel
- TS off-axis guider with ZWO ASI120
- Skywatcher EQ8 with tripod
DIY Arduino ASCOM Focuser Pro
- EQMOD EQDirect cable
- Adjustable LED-flatfieldbox (homemade)
- Tuxedo Infinity linux laptop
- Linux Mint 19
- INDIlib (EQMOD, ASI Driver, ASI Filterwheel Driver , Moonlite Driver)
- INDIStarter, PHD-Guiding, SkyCharts, CCDCiel
my on demand "Observatory"
CA300 on EQ8 Mount
I managed it to have only one power cable (12V) and one USB-cable to the scope. The white box screwed to the mount distributes power.
The flatfield-box consists of led stripes and a pvc difusor. It is adjustable.
On top there is a 7-Port USB3.0 Hub. The small white box below contains the electronics of the motofocus and distributes power for the scopes diagonal heater and the ASI 183.
Thomas Jäger www.starhopper.eu
300/1200mm, 200/1000mm & 200/618mm Newton, Esprit 100/550mm, C 9.25"
SBIG STL11000M C2, Moravian G2-8300, ZWO ASI183MM-C and ASI2600