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I created a Photos folder called "Christopher Erickson" and put a
number of AP-related pics init. Several of them show my modified USB3 hub
with PowerPole ports on the side, attached to my Mach1.
Image 20160207_233529 and 20160207_233647 show the modified
There also some pics of the modifications I made to my 900GTO so it
could go down to about 16 degrees North latitude so I could use it here in
Hawaii without resorting to the Hi/Lo latitude wedge. And of my
modifications to improve motor cable protections at low latitudes, and the
addition of a compass and level to the tripod.
I also tossed in some pics of the Christens vacationing in Hawaii
and exploring Tucson.
And some Barrow Venus Transit pics and some general Hawaii shots,
just for fun.
pic did not make it through...
At 07:43 PM 1/20/2017, you
I took a small 12V, USB3
hub that had enough room to mount a 4-port
PowerPole panel in it's side. I
beefed-up the 12V power to the hub and also
added a few more filter caps to
the USB electronics. That gets me down to
two cables through my Mach1. USB3
and 12VDC. Before I added the extra
filter caps, cycling on the camera's
Peltier cooler would reboot the USB3
I attached a pic, if it
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January 18, 2017 5:48 PM
Cable and Systems Management
With the rapid growth of computer-aided
astronomy - multi-camera Imaging,
USB hubs, mount controllers, guiding,
focusing, anti-dew systems, modeling
and pointing etc - the complexity of
managing all the systems and
connections to what is a moving system has
also grown. The thru-the-mount
design of the new AP mounts was a great
improvement and its's really helped
with my 1100. However it is still
difficult to Quickly reconfigure your
system and I have started to see
clever folks address this by moving more of
their electronics like signal
and power hubs "above the mount" I'd call it.
Along these lines, I was
thinking of adding a plate on top of the telescope
rings and mounting my
Rigrunner, USB hub, and Dew controller on the plate.
Then I would run only
one power line and one USB cable thru the mount to the
Rigrunner and USB
hub respectively. From there I'd run short connections to
I'd like others thoughts on this, especially from those who have
something like this, and how it's worked out? Pictures of your
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