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Not associated with Stargazers Lounge .com (other than it was created by a few members of Stargazerslounge.com)

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Hello to all of the new members :) please feel free to ask any questions....there is no question too stupid or task too trivial that we can´t at least try and answer (and if we don´t know wé´ll start inventing words and make something up whilst wearing a serious face and pointing and nodding)

SGL Observatory Automation is an open source project to control the creation of software, hardware and interfaces to automate an astronomical observatory using the Arduino open standard, with ASCOM support for appropriate devices.

Current hardware/software modules under development are:

Cloud Sensor
Dew Heater controller

The Getting started manual and software is located under:-
Files -> SGL Software

With the individual modules under the following directories:-

Files -> SGL Software -> Focuser -> Current Version
Files -> SGL Software -> Cloud Sensor -> Current Version
Files -> SGL Software -> Dew Controller -> Current Version

The next phase is to create a hub to allow the control of 2 focusers. The idea is that eventually this hub will allow the enabling/disabling of Modules (focuser, cloud sensor etc) as and when you have the time and hardware to add them in. We will also include some I/O control to allow switching of power or detection of limits for roofs or mounts.

As we expect the code to be fairly modular we are also going to provide 'standalone' code for those that want a single module rather than Focuser, dew control and cloud detector. the single modules will be compatible with the smaller arduino boards which will keep costs down.

All software under development will be put on the site for people to view, test and improve.

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  • Sep 9, 2009
  • English

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