Boy, there is so much to say and so much information to
A person could write a book about everything someone should
know about designing, building, maintaining and automating reliable and
In fact someone is!
I am hoping to have it ready for publication next
22 chapters so far...
I have an AP1200GTO with CP4 using APCC Pro. I am moving my
scope to a remote dark sky and am looking for a couple of recommendations to
help minimize having to drive to the site to correct user errors. First
is a PC connected digital inclinometer to reset my park position in case I screw
it up. I will have a camera to get it close, but was thinking of getting
a more accurate option. Second, power outage backups; as I
understand iit if the mount loses power , it remember the location prior to
power outage and will remember its location when power is restored but not start
tracking.....as a backup I can set the horizon and meridian limits as a further
backup in case tracking does continue. I have a UPS that will provide
power for a short time if main power fails. It would nice if the
system would notice it was on battery and would begin a shutdown sequence.
Currently the UPS sends me an email if on battery. That works
if I am on computer ,but if I have gone to bed, it won’ do any good. I
assume I would need some sort of high level script that monitors systems and
works with mount and other components to change operations if needed. Is
there such a thing and can I even on the fly to change APCC with a script.
APCC manual briefing discusses “Terminal”, But doesn’t
really talk about what it can do. Last is mount losing connection
to PC ports, looks like this is covered in APCC deadman timers, I assume and it
is really that simple. Any recommendations to those whom have done the
truly remote observatory in areas would be appreciated.