Re: Equipment for an observatory

Chris Carlton

As noted, rodents are a potential problem. But please don't use glue traps. They are horribly indiscriminate and will kill creatures that will happily eat mice, or a least won't bother your equipment. In addition to mice that might chew a wire every now and then, in that part of the country, pack rats (Neotoma sp.) are a very serious threat if they set up shop. They did $500 worth of damage to my newish car (not covered by warranty) last year in one night during a trip to Arizona. The mechanic said I was lucky. If a service is available, contract with a pest control operator about excluding rodents and periodical service checks....just no glue traps, which probably won't work on pack rats anyway. 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 8:02 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via <> wrote:

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?
Mouse traps. Lots of mouse traps. ;^)


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From: Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...>
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 7:16 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Equipment for an observatory

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


Chris Carlton, Ph. D.

Director, Carlton Astronomy Campus

Professor of Entomology, Emeritus

Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA USA 70808

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