Telescope & Technical Infos

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the metal circles are arranged on top of each other
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Tech - Mounting the Renishaw Encoder Rings (Part 1) One critical milestone for assembling the Kepler Remote telescope are the absolute encoders and their mounting on the fork mount.
a laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden desk next to a monitor and keyboard
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Tech - Server Finally our command and control servers for the telescope arrived. Now we can port the already set up and tested environment from a desktop PC to a "real" Server.
a man standing next to a blue and white object
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Tech - Reassembling the Telescope After we got the telescope body back from sandblasting and painting we were ready for the first test fit.
a large white object sitting on top of a table
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Tech - Sandblasting and painting the body Since we dismantled the telescope for technical enhancement, we also took the opportunity to repaint it.
a man is working on an object in the process of being assembled
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Another Step necessary for remote operation is having a motorized mirror cover, our first prototype is mechanically working. Time to start working on the electric part! #HoheDirn #KeplerRemote #astronomy #astronomie #tech #telescope #engineering
an analog device with two red buttons on it
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LBB - What is this ominous Little Black Box? (Hint: it's a Biss-C protocol converter) Want to know more?
a large white dome sitting on top of a wooden building
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What can possibly go wrong when a strong wind hits the dome. Well a lot! What exactly you can find out here:
two men are working on an electronic device
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Telescope Control The old MS-DOS and ISA-Card driver combo will not work for remote control. Here is what we found to replace it with!
three pieces of electronic equipment sitting on top of a blue surface next to a tool
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Finished soldering, next up is testing the boards on a good night (hopefully we will get some nice pictures) after that we will build an enclosure.
electronic components laid out on a table with wires, tape and other items to be sold
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As our old motor focuser broke we need to build a new one. Time to do some soldering, building the myFocuserProV2
the control panel is connected to several wires
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Tech - The telescope controller Want to know why we chose the SiTech Servo II, what benefits it brings and where we had troubles with it, then read in our blog post.
someone is working on an electrical device with wires attached to the back of the machine
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DIY Motor Focuser As our old motor focuser broke we need to build a new one. More Info in the blog post.
two white rings with black dots on them
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Tech - Using Renishaw Absolute Encoder To further improve the accuracy of the telescope we will install absolute encoder. How to interface them with the SiTech controller and what troubles we had choosing them you can read in our Blogpost.
an open laptop computer sitting on top of a white desk next to a monitor screen
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See how our first Hardware/Software Test went.
a computer screen with many stars in the sky and on it's surface is a map
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Tech - Software Part 1 (SiTech Servo II) Discussing software we use, at first the telescope command and control software from SiTech, it features and drawbacks plus how we deal with that.