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Build FA71 Observatory Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Posted by pauldavid in USNO GEMSS Operations.
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The Astronomical Telescope Dome and Portable, Ground & Rooftop ideas

The Cedars Observatory

Also: Cedar Key Main, Dark Sky & Weather Pages
Take advantage of the Dark Skies

Even on a highly Moon-lit night:
Some non-stacked 12 Second ASA 1600 Celphone LG V20 shots at 84% of Full Moon.

 


Some Scratched out Concepts and Ideas, 3-4 Options




Footprint in “Dome”:

Mount Planning for the 16-Inch f/5.1

Current older Stepper Goto Drive:

Stepper Bartels System I built in Key West

https://www.bbastrodesigns.com/StepperDoc.html

https://www.bbastrodesigns.com/StepperSystem.html

https://www.bbastrodesigns.com/StepperSystem.html#Stepper_Quick_Start_Guide

https://www.bbastrodesigns.com/BBAstroDesigns.html

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/scope-drive

Hotech collimation

Option 1 – Newer Sid. Tech. Servo System

http://www.siderealtechnology.com/

http://siderealtechnology.com/page2.html

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SiTechservo/info

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/392715-sidereal-technology-tracking-system/

Youtube Sidereal Technology Brushless/Direct Drive Prototype Servo & Bike Hub, Controller

Dan Gray Home Youtube

Option 2 – Competitor: StellarCat / ServoCat

http://www.stellarcat.com/

Stellarcat (Obsession) PDF Page gen 2  

http://www.stevesastro.net/equipment/servocat.htm     (with spring-counterweighting)

https://www.obsessiontelescopes.com/accessories/ServoCAT/index.php

https://www.astrosystems.biz/drive.htm

http://www.stellarcat.com/Pages/servocat.html

 

Odds & Ends, Cameras

iOptron SkyTracker Pro Full Tutorial

 


Roll-off Observatories: Rooftop, Stairwells, Lofts to Dome

 

 


Roll-off Observatories: Ground-based

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rotate – Dome or Pitched Rooftop or Ground

 

  


Flip-Out & Clamshell Observatories

 


Trailer-Portable Temp Options

 

 

 


Elevators and Lift Ideas

 

 

  

 


Our Hangar

(where the Observatory will likely eventually go atop)

 

 

 


Build detail ideas

 

 


BOOKS & RESOURCES
A good book (IT is slightly outdated as most books)
on Home Observatories

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Homemade Observatory Book…

– Evaluated as outdated, but most are. I don’t own this one, but may be of interest


Other Local Observatories

(eg, Chiefland Astronomy Village 12 nm due North)

 


Global GEMSS Links to other Places:  HERE