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Re: New ASCOM Platform 6.5 Has Been Released #ASCOM #ExploreScientific

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 12:16 PM, Robert Hoskin wrote:
What ASCOM platform versions do you anticipate supporting, for the future PMC8 Server/Driver?
Hi Bob,

The current release version of the PMC-Eight ASCOM driver is fully compatible with platform version 6.5.  Future platform upgrades should never "break" previous versions of drivers that are out there. The platforms are backward compatible with previous platforms with the same major version number, 6 in this case. There was a break in compatibility (I believe) when the platform went from 5 to 6.

When we release new versions of the PMC-Eight ASCOM driver/server they will be tested against the latest version of the ASCOM platform.

It is important to note that the platform is not updated all that often, I think it has been at least 1 or 2 years since 6.4 was released.
 
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Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


Re: New ASCOM Platform 6.5 Has Been Released #ASCOM #ExploreScientific

 

Jerry,

What ASCOM platform versions do you anticipate supporting, for the future PMC8 Server/Driver?


On Thu, Jul 23, 2020, at 11:39, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering wrote:
The new ASCOM Platform 6.5 has been released (a few days ago) and is available on the platform website.

Please review this document prior to updating your platform.

I have previously tested the BETA version of the 6.5 platform and did not discover any issues. That's not to say you won't have issues as there have been reports.

It is important to run the Platform Diagnostics to verify that the installation is good prior to using the updated platform.
I would suggest that you re-install the PMC-Eight ASCOM Driver after installing the new ASCOM platform version.

We are currently working on the server version of the PMC-Eight ASCOM driver that will not require the use of the 
POTH hub. NOTE that the POTH hub has been discontinued in this release and replaced with the new Device Hub.

I will probably talk about this on today's OpenGOTO Community Live!  Broadcast at 4 pm CDT (5 pm EDT, 2100 UTC)
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering
Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!



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Mounts: ES PMC-8 EXOS2
Scopes: SV 102EDT, ZWO 60/280 Guide
Cameras:  Nikon D5300, Altair GPCAM2 290M
Software: ASCOM, CdC, AstroTortilla, BYN Pro, Sharpcap, PHD2
Computer:  Thinkpad x230, Win7Pro/64


New ASCOM Platform 6.5 Has Been Released #ASCOM #ExploreScientific

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

The new ASCOM Platform 6.5 has been released (a few days ago) and is available on the platform website.

Please review this document prior to updating your platform.
https://ascom-standards.org/Help/Platform/html/3417e177-f705-497d-8127-fb30e8519d50.htm

I have previously tested the BETA version of the 6.5 platform and did not discover any issues. That's not to say you won't have issues as there have been reports.

It is important to run the Platform Diagnostics to verify that the installation is good prior to using the updated platform.
I would suggest that you re-install the PMC-Eight ASCOM Driver after installing the new ASCOM platform version.

We are currently working on the server version of the PMC-Eight ASCOM driver that will not require the use of the 
POTH hub. NOTE that the POTH hub has been discontinued in this release and replaced with the new Device Hub.

I will probably talk about this on today's OpenGOTO Community Live!  Broadcast at 4 pm CDT (5 pm EDT, 2100 UTC)
--
Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


Re: Cygnus Loop #G11

Dan Kahraman <dkahra213@...>
 

Jennifer:

I didn't get a chance to analyze your data. Are you using Astrometry to determine your image scale/focal length?

Dan Kahraman

On Thu, 23 Jul 2020 at 09:07, Jennifer Shelly via groups.io <drunkendogg=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dan:

I listed all of the equipment used for image acquisition at the beginning of my post.
Also when I processed the my data in PixInsight the images were plate solved and the results stated 668, so that is the reason why I said I needed to tweak the spacing between the ES 3” FF/FR.  I think I am about 1 mm too close.

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Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Cygnus Loop #G11

Jennifer Shelly
 

Dan:

I listed all of the equipment used for image acquisition at the beginning of my post.
Also when I processed the my data in PixInsight the images were plate solved and the results stated 668, so that is the reason why I said I needed to tweak the spacing between the ES 3” FF/FR.  I think I am about 1 mm too close.

--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Upgrading my equipment #ASCOM #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Jeff Snell
 

Thanks Bill.  I actually put the APO in one of the Rigids.  The Stanley supports the misc gear.  Don’t know why I wrote the other way...Just getting old I guess.

Weather was great first night and I took some great milky way shots and a shot of Neowise.  Clouds and rain the last two nights so never broke out the APO.  Moving to a different spot tonight though.  Fingers crossed!

Heff


On Jul 22, 2020, at 8:29 AM, Chris Tardif <christardif@...> wrote:

Koen, check out my walkthrough document in the files section under user contributions...It might help you,
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Mounts: Explore Scientific IEXOS-100 w Celestron CG5 tripod, iOptron CEM 40
Scopes: Explore Scientific FCD-100 ED-102CF, Various Canon lenses, ZWO mini-guidescope, StarField 60mm guide-scope.
CameraASI120MM Mini (mono), Altair GPCAM 130
Control PC: Intel NUC
Loc: 44 -79


Re: Upgrading my equipment #ASCOM #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Chris Tardif
 

Koen, check out my walkthrough document in the files section under user contributions...It might help you,
--
Mounts: Explore Scientific IEXOS-100 w Celestron CG5 tripod, iOptron CEM 40
Scopes: Explore Scientific FCD-100 ED-102CF, Various Canon lenses, ZWO mini-guidescope, StarField 60mm guide-scope.
CameraASI120MM Mini (mono), Altair GPCAM 130
Control PC: Intel NUC
Loc: 44 -79


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

W.F.
 



Heart Nebular
Done with the iEXOS100 PMC-eight,
Canon 1000DA (modified)
APO TS Photoline 72/432 (F6)
guided with the MGEN-2.
15 pics a 120 seconds, 20 flats, 30 Bias.

Neowise C/2020 F3
iEXOS 100 PMC-eight.
Canon 1000DA (modified)
APO TS Photoline 72/432 (F6)
50 pics a 10 seconds, 20 flats, 30 bias.
Well he is very red, i guess thats from the Camera without IR-filter
Greetings Wolfgang.


Re: Cygnus Loop #G11

Dan Kahraman <dkahra213@...>
 

Jennifer no mystery here. If I had all your camera and scope specs I could confirm your results.


Dan Kahraman 


On Wed, 22 Jul 2020 at 09:33, Jennifer Shelly via groups.io <drunkendogg=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Bill:

I was surprised to get as much as I did with a focal length of 952 reduced to 667.
One thing I did was try to frame my FOV in Stellarium before I slewed, so maybe that is what made the difference.  
--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Cygnus Loop #G11

Jennifer Shelly
 

Bill:

I was surprised to get as much as I did with a focal length of 952 reduced to 667.
One thing I did was try to frame my FOV in Stellarium before I slewed, so maybe that is what made the difference.  
--
Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Cygnus Loop #G11

Bill Black
 

Beautiful shot Jenni!

I tried this target a week or so ago, but the only thing I had with a large enough fov was my 50mm APO guide scope.
ehhh, I didn't bother to post it :)
I didn't have a flattener in the train and the coma was staggering. Maybe I'll try to work up a different approach and give it another shot.

--

Bill
Location: Dallas, GA
Scopes:
 Celestron C8, AstroTech 80mm APO

Mounts: EXOS II PMC-Eight, LXD75

Cameras: ZWO ASI294MCPro, ASI385


Re: Android for ExploreStars and Windows for ASCOM?

 

Wes,
Thanks so much for the reply!
I've been reading quite a bit today on forum questions/answers about the question I had (I didn't use the right search words yesterday!). It appears there are multiple ways of doing things with WiFi vs.Serial with quite a few different results from users. I will start with the Android Tab A and see where it takes me.
- Thanks again!


Re: Upgrading my equipment #ASCOM #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #TECHNICAL

Bill Black
 

Jeff,
Nice set up. Love the ingenuity with the tool boxes. I was just thinking about getting some cases to transport equipment safely and your tool boxes are a great idea!
Hope you have a great camping trip and get some nice shots at the dark site.
--

Bill
Location: Dallas, GA
Scopes:
 Celestron C8, AstroTech 80mm APO

Mounts: EXOS II PMC-Eight, LXD75

Cameras: ZWO ASI294MCPro, ASI385


Re: Mounting camera to EXOS2 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

Jennifer Shelly
 

Brad:

Here is a vixen dovetail from Amazon that is about 9” long.


Astromania Deluxe Dovetail Plate Dovetail Rail with 228 mm Length - Vixen Style - You can Easily Balance The Telescope by Shifting https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ377Z1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_9AUfFbWD37H2K

Very true about about mounting a DSLR to a mount, but it Is a trickier task due to the balancing issues.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts
: ES PMC-8 G-11, ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100, ES Levy Comet Hunter, ES N208CF, QHY Mini Guide Scope, Solomark F60 Guide Scope
Cameras: QHY600M, QHY128C, QHY168C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5 / High Res Stepper / V2 Mini Controller, Baader SteelTrack NT / SteelDrive II, Baader UFC, Optolong 2" L-Pro / L-eNhance, QHY CFW3-L, Baader 2” LRGBSHO CCD
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Dave,

 

Thank you for the compliment.  I have seen your work for a while.  I plan on getting more into DSOs when my planet season is over.

 

The weather has been hindering me from practice J.   I am reminded of what Mike Tyson said years ago, everyone has a plan until

they get punched in the face.  Mother Nature has been punching me in the face for the past 3-weeks J

 

Well, I am still having fun processing data.  One thing I have learned, is every year the planets change characteristics.

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave Cherry
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2020 8:16 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

 

If these are practice runs . then I really want to see what you can do when you've finished practicing! , with your equivalent 5.4 meters of telescope!
Nice Pictures,


Cheers
Dave

--
Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

jrichard333 <jrichard333@hotmail.com>
 

Good day Harry,

 

Stability:

1.       No issues so far.

2.       No slippage or weird sounds from the mount when slewing or tracking

objects.

3.       Tripod legs are fully extended

4.       No vibration pads

5.       Unleveled angled ground

6.       Imaging over cement; (oh yeah, I am a rule breaker)

 

Things you should know:

1.       Your system has to be balanced.  My idea of balancing in the RA differs from

most:

a)      I can move the scope anywhere along the RA axis of rotation and the scope will not move

2.       Dec balancing is a little different:

a)      I can move the scope +/- along the DEC axis of rotation at 180-degrees and it will not move

       to make this like the RA, I will have to experiment with stick on weights.

3.       Make sure you have all counterweights installed and the RA with Dec axis locked down before

placing your scope on top.

4.       You will need a bushing in order for the 11.25-pound counterweight to be balanced on the counterweight

shaft.  I made my bushing out of PVC tubing.

 

Why Explore Scientific 11.25-pound counterweight:

1.       Mr. Kent suggested it.  It is countersunk, so it extends the length of the counterweight shaft

by 58.48mm (using my measurements).  It is a tight fit on the countershaft screw knob, but I am

not going to turn down the knurled knob.   

 

Tracking:

1.       Not very good since I can’t see any Northern stars due to tree foliage.  Can’t do a real polar alignment;

even Sharpcap needs stars.   Currently I am doing blind polar alignment.  I use apps to point me north

and “celestial pole” to get a false sense I am aimed at the NCP.  Currently, I can run 5400mm with a

digital zoom of 5 and the image will cross my FOV in 1.5-minutes.

 

This is a picture of my current setup which I will use for all  planets for 2020.  I have to get Mars working.

I believe Mars comes around  every 2-years.  Reminds me of Tom Petty’s song, “Don’t come around here no more”.

 

JR

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io [mailto:MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io] On Behalf Of Harry via groups.io
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2020 7:59 AM
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography done with the iEXOS-100 and EXOS 2 post your picture and details lets show what this mount can do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #astrophotography

 

JR, great pictures! May I ask you about the stability and any other comments you have regarding your mount. I also have the iExos 100 with the stock tripod. I see you have the ST3 tripod with the Skymax 180mm Maksutov . I am considering a similar upgrade, and am wondering how yours is working out.
Thanks, Harry

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Harry
Vero Beach, FL
Scopes: ES  ED80CF, ES AR102,  Meade ETX 90 EC (Deforked)
Mounts: ES iExos 100-PMC Eight, ExploreStars IPAD & Fire HD8
Nikon D600, D5500, MacOS, Starry Sky Stacker, Lightroom, Affinity Photo


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Bob Trepiccione
 

Nice!



Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device


-------- Original message --------
From: Bill Black <wcblack1020@...>
Date: 7/20/20 10:18 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #iexos-100 #EXOS2 #G11 #astrophotography

Finally was able to get some shots of the NEOWISE Comet last night.
I like the larger crop, you can see some trees at the bottom (not sure if those are visible in the JPG). They give some perspective on where the sunset is and how low on the horizon the shot was.

Scope: Skywatcher 50mm EVOGuide (yep, shot these through my 50mm guide scope... its an APO!).
Mount: EXOS II w/PMC 8
Guider: Orion 50mm guide scope
Camera: ASI294MCPro
Software: SharpCap Live Stack and Polarr post processing
Integration: these were all 60s subs. One is 240s total and the other is 360s total.


--

Bill
Location: Dallas, GA
Scopes:
 Celestron C8, AstroTech 80mm APO

Mounts: EXOS II PMC-Eight, LXD75

Cameras: ZWO ASI294MCPro, ASI385


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Dave Cherry
 

Well done Bill, that's some very nice shots!

Dave.
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Scopes: Sky Watcher 200PDS, Skywatcher 72ED
Mount: Explore Scientific PMC8 EXO2
Cameras: ASI 294MCPRO Coooled, Altair guide cam + 50mm scope
Software: Sharpcap Pro ,PH2, Stelarium Startools


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Bill Black
 

Finally was able to get some shots of the NEOWISE Comet last night.
I like the larger crop, you can see some trees at the bottom (not sure if those are visible in the JPG). They give some perspective on where the sunset is and how low on the horizon the shot was.

Scope: Skywatcher 50mm EVOGuide (yep, shot these through my 50mm guide scope... its an APO!).
Mount: EXOS II w/PMC 8
Guider: Orion 50mm guide scope
Camera: ASI294MCPro
Software: SharpCap Live Stack and Polarr post processing
Integration: these were all 60s subs. One is 240s total and the other is 360s total.


--

Bill
Location: Dallas, GA
Scopes:
 Celestron C8, AstroTech 80mm APO

Mounts: EXOS II PMC-Eight, LXD75

Cameras: ZWO ASI294MCPro, ASI385


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Wes Mcdonald
 

👍

--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired

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