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Re: Parking a Gemini


Feb 5 9:19 AM

 


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#8347 Feb 5 9:19 AM

Greetings,



I have a G-11 gemini in a permanent setup. I would like to leave it

turned on after I am done observing (I can close the roof remotely, I

don't want to walk the 50 yards in sub-zero to turn the scope off).

Has anyone tried the 'park' feature of the sky and used it

successfully on a gemini? I ended up writing an orchestrate script

that fires off every 10 minutes and moves the scope back to its

parked altaz position. Any feedback welcome.



Thanks,



Daniel



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#8348 Feb 5 9:39 AM

Daniel,



Can you just remotely set it to terrestrial mode?



Robert



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#8349 Feb 5 11:13 AM

Daniel,



I just posted a very similar question to the Gemini users group. I

too have a permanent setup that I control remotely and automatically

with scripting. I'd like to get the system to park itself. Then I

won't have to worry about the scope moving until it hits the safety

limit. No more going to bed at 3 AM.



I too have thought about moving the scope to an Alt Az position every

now and then, but that approach definitely falls into the 'temporary

solution' category.



I tried using the Park command but the Gemini system didn't seem to

understand what to do, it just keep slewing and slewing.



Is the Gemini PC control program ASCOM compliant? If it were, it

seems to me one could issue a command via a script to slew the scope

to an Alt Az position (using TheSky or some other telescope control

program with Alt Az capability) and then just change the tracking

rate to terrestrial as suggested in the other message using the

remote Gemini control software. I, however, don't think that the

Gemini PC control program supports scripting. Am I wrong?



- Dave



--- In Losmandy_users@y..., "dan_the_starman" dan_the_starman@y...>

wrote: > Greetings,

>

> I have a G-11 gemini in a permanent setup. I would like to leave it

> turned on after I am done observing (I can close the roof remotely,

I > don't want to walk the 50 yards in sub-zero to turn the scope

off). > Has anyone tried the 'park' feature of the sky and used it

> successfully on a gemini? I ended up writing an orchestrate script

> that fires off every 10 minutes and moves the scope back to its

> parked altaz position. Any feedback welcome.

>

> Thanks,

>

> Daniel



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#8353 Feb 5 3:41 PM

Hello,



May be you can plug all the hardware into one electric source and

simply shut it down when finished with a plug (just a thought).

Regards.





--------->> > I just posted a very similar question to the Gemini users group. I

> too have a permanent setup that I control remotely and

automatically > with scripting. I'd like to get the system to park itself. Then I

> won't have to worry about the scope moving until it hits the safety

> limit. No more going to bed at 3 AM.

>

> I too have thought about moving the scope to an Alt Az position

every > now and then, but that approach definitely falls into

the 'temporary > solution' category.

>

> I tried using the Park command but the Gemini system didn't seem to

> understand what to do, it just keep slewing and slewing.

>

> Is the Gemini PC control program ASCOM compliant? If it were, it

> seems to me one could issue a command via a script to slew the

scope > to an Alt Az position (using TheSky or some other telescope control

> program with Alt Az capability) and then just change the tracking

> rate to terrestrial as suggested in the other message using the

> remote Gemini control software. I, however, don't think that the

> Gemini PC control program supports scripting. Am I wrong?

>

> - Dave

>

> --- In Losmandy_users@y..., "dan_the_starman"

dan_the_starman@y...> > wrote:

> > Greetings,

> >

> > I have a G-11 gemini in a permanent setup. I would like to leave

it > > turned on after I am done observing (I can close the roof

remotely, > I

> > don't want to walk the 50 yards in sub-zero to turn the scope

> off).

> > Has anyone tried the 'park' feature of the sky and used it

> > successfully on a gemini? I ended up writing an orchestrate

script > > that fires off every 10 minutes and moves the scope back to its

> > parked altaz position. Any feedback welcome.

> >

> > Thanks,

> >

> > Daniel



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#8364 Feb 6 8:35 AM

I have used the Park feature in theSky software, and it works just

fine thus far. Feel free to email me if you have specific

concerns. ~johnb



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