Re: Power cable management


Just google DC to DC converters.  You will find all kinds that go from any voltage to any voltage.  It will also serve to isolate what is on the output to everything else on the same power source.  Your pulsating dew controller comes to mind.  Most other DC items do not like the pulsating DC.




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You can't use transformers to change DC voltage.  They only work on AC.


However you can use a voltage regulator (to go down) or a voltage converter (to go up.)



Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738



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Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 6:59 AM
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Just a 12v to 5v dc transformer. 

Dave Goodyear


On Nov 22, 2014, at 7:32 AM, John Thompson jbtgolfer@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:


There are some great suggestions in this thread for power management. I would also appreciate a recommendation on a 12v to 5v converter. I have two devices that require a power conversion, my camera and my rotator. George pointed out that there are thousands of converters out there and he shows one in his configuration. What are the one or two commercial "reliable" converters?


John Thompson
Scottsdale Arizona


On Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:59 AM, "Don Anderson jockey_ca@... [ap-gto]" <ap-gto@...> wrote:




I attach my Kendrick dew heater and Starlight instruments Focus Boss II dual focuser controller to two custom made aluminum plates that I bolt to my AP 15" sliding bar on each side of the my TV NP127is. For solar, I mount my Lunt LS80T/PT solar scope piggy back on top of the NP127is using a home made mounting bracket. For night work I take off the Lunt and mount my finder and guide scope on the TV 5" rings. I attach the controllers to the aluminum plates using industrial grade Velcro sheets which you can cut to shape and stick on the plates with it's own self sticking adhesive.  I put all my cables into cable looms with the appropriate cables exiting the loom at appropriate points to run to the various devices. I use cigarette plugs attached to the underside of the plates with the industrial velcro to hold the power supply cables feeding the dew heater and focuser controllers. I have a 7 port powered USB hub mounted between the forks on my AP900 to operate my SX camera, SX filter wheel, mount, Focus Boss focuser controller and the Orion Starshoot autoguider. I have a single 65ft powered usb cable running from the hub at the mount to my computer. For a power supply, I have my two power supplies (Alinco DM3300 30amp and Pyramid 5amp) as well as a 7  plug power bar mounted in a Stanley tool box. All cables are labeled for quick set up in the dark. When I am done, I unplugs the individual power and USB cables, roll up the cable harness and stuff it in the tool box on top of the power supplies. The power supply end of the cables stay permanently attached to the 110V and 12V power supplies. I use a heavy duty Velcro strip to hold the scope end of the cable loom to the scope. I have no problem with this harness getting caught on anything. I can set up and tear down in under 30 min.

You can see some photos on my Flickr page at:


It doesn't show all the details but will give you an idea.

Don Anderson 


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The velco is a clever solution!  I was wondering how to attach everything to a plate.



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