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HARDWARE SOFTWARE





DOME CONTROL
– AstroMC
This is a feature rich application. From the main dashboard (pictured) there are controls for the shutter open/close, the dome rotation/slaving, parking, synching etc. Within the menus you will find many other configurations for the motors and switches.

 

PLANNING
– Stellarium & Stellarium Scope
Of all the observatory applicaions this one is used the most. We show here under planning but it’s also used heavily for target slewing. Particular to the planning task, Stellarium’s extensive database makes it easy to locate targets. Once located, we can determine rise/set durations and plan the acquisition details. Saerching is a breeze and modeling any epoch happens with a click.

 

– CCDcalc
Originally offered with the book “The New CCD Astronomy” by Ron Wodaski this was the go-to application for framing targets using image train specifics. Since then, Stellarium (above) and other planetarium applications have developed their own built-in tools for framing. It’s still used by some of the older guys as a validation check to Stellarium’s predictions…..perhaps because many were so depended on it in the past.

 

INSTRUMENT SETUP

–¬†Align Master

– JMI FocusMax ¬†and Starizona’s Microtouch

– ASCOM & EQASCOM

 

DATA ACQUISITION & PRE-PROCESSING
– MaximDL

 

POST PROCESSING
– Phtoshop
– Gimp

 

SERVERS
– Application Server = Ubuntu LTS
– File Server = Free NAS
– Webserver = Apache2