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
iOptron iEQ45 pro
Celestron f4.9 C8-N
Canon T3i - stock
Astromania 60 guide scope
QHY5-II-M guide cam
Running two Raspberry PI's with Stellarmate distributed for guide cam & mount, and main camera, over a dedicated WIFI network, with Kstars/Ekos on a Win 7 laptop.
TPO 8" Ritchey-Chretien Astrograph
Moonlite CS focuser with Motor Drive
RoboFocus Auto Focuser
iOptron iEQ45 Pro Mount on Tripier
Stellarrmate OS RPi 4, 4GB
ZWO ASI533MC Pro Main Camera
Meoptex Off Axis Guider
Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Guide Camera
Polemaster Polar Alignment Camera