Re: GTOCP4 Control Box

Christopher Erickson

I'm not sure which one of us enjoys his job more. We are both engineers doing what we love most. Be damned the dollars. We are having too much fun doing fascinating engineering stuff while making new friends whenever we can.

As for your observatory PC details, I am a strong advocate for Panasonic Toughbook laptops with real serial ports and SSD hard drives. Laptops have real screens, keyboards, pointing devices and maybe most important of all, built-in UPS's. This saves a lot of time when tuning and troubleshooting. And can still remote control it from someplace else.

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738

On Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 1:05 PM Donald Gaines <onegaines@...> wrote:
Thanks Christopher,
That’s a great idea. I hadn’t considered that. I have been watching the forum for some time and see some very interesting threads from some really interesting people. I wonder who enjoys their job more, you or Roland.
Thanks for your advice.
Don Gaines 

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...> wrote:
IMNSHO, set up a compact observatory PC next to the scope and then controle that PC remotely from the house.

"My advice is always free and worth every penny!"

-Christopher Erickson
Observatory Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, Hawaii

On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 12:50 PM Donald Gaines <onegaines@...> wrote:
Hi folks,
I was lucky enough to be notified recently I’m going to be the proud father of an 1100GTO mount.  I have read through the GTOCP4 Operating Instructions as I plan on how to connect the mount to a PC, CCD Camera, focuser, and other accessories.  I would like to locate the mount outside in a structure with a ROR, and connect to a PC in the house about 150  ft away. I was thinking of using the Ethernet port and I read that it can also be done with a USB and Icron 2304 USB extender.  I am curious if cameras, focuses and other accessories can be connected to the GTOCP4 and then be operated by the PC in the house?  Is there a preferred method for this kind of setup?  I would appreciate any advice you might be willing to pass along.
Don Gaines

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