remote observatory


Mar 9, 2012

 


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#48726 Mar 9, 2012

To Group,

I am in the final stages getting my remote observatory off and running. However through the whole process one problem has been a big and only partial resolved problem-- internet access. There is no Fios or DSL available. I have finally had to accept that T-Mobile 3G and sometimes 4G are going to be my internet access. The download is 3 to 5 Mbps and upload is 1 to .8 Mbps. I will be using ACP to run observatiory. Software programs are ACP, MaximDL, FocusMax, Sky6 or SkyX. Hardware equipment as follows : ASA 16 inch scope f-3.5, Paramount ME mount, Apogee U16M camera, and Tak FSQ 106 with Sbig 2000XM camera as guide scope. My observatory will also be using Foster Systems electronic hardware and software to open and close roll off roof. I will not move pictures via T-Mobile 3G back to my house but will bring data back every 3 days as I have to go to my farm every 3 days. T-Mobile allows me the first 5 gigs of data at whatever top download speed is availble but after 5 gigs it will slowdown. I will be running ACP to take care of running all astronomy programs and equipment. I have run computer,scope, ACP, and astronomy programs while I was out at remote site. If I do not use 3G or 4G to download large picture files I will be under 5 gig total for the full month.



When the the computer is turned on and Win7 is accessed the T-Mobile web manager will be set up to come on and and access T-Mobile 3G or 4G. I will then have 1 hour to start using the internet. If a program dose not use it for internet use it will shut down after 1 hour.



Now comes the main problem. How do I turn the computer on or do I leave the computer on? Just leaving the computer on does not help because after 1 hour the internet connection will be lost if the internet connection is not in use. If I just access internet for all 24 hours it will surely use up 5g limit before 30 days and the speed will decrease below DSL speed. Power will be available all the time at the observatory. Is there a way to turn the computer on at certain time and have Win7 start up. If that is possible I can then access T-Mobile Web manager and remotely start Team Viewer program, ACP, MaximDL, roll off roof, and start other programs.



I can use any advice or help the group can furnish. I can be contacted email, phone or Skype. email is res0hver@..., phone office 972-578-2553, or Skype at astroveterinarian. Thanks for any and all advice or help.



John Carver DVM



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#48729 Mar 9, 2012

John,







You can try this.







www.digital-loggers.com/lpc.html?gclid=CMmN3YqZ2q4CFQ6EhwodS3H50A







Bernard











From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

John

Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 3:18 AM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] remote observatory











To Group,

I am in the final stages getting my remote observatory off and running.

However through the whole process one problem has been a big and only

partial resolved problem-- internet access. There is no Fios or DSL

available. I have finally had to accept that T-Mobile 3G and sometimes 4G

are going to be my internet access. The download is 3 to 5 Mbps and upload

is 1 to .8 Mbps. I will be using ACP to run observatiory. Software programs

are ACP, MaximDL, FocusMax, Sky6 or SkyX. Hardware equipment as follows :

ASA 16 inch scope f-3.5, Paramount ME mount, Apogee U16M camera, and Tak FSQ

106 with Sbig 2000XM camera as guide scope. My observatory will also be

using Foster Systems electronic hardware and software to open and close roll

off roof. I will not move pictures via T-Mobile 3G back to my house but will

bring data back every 3 days as I have to go to my farm every 3 days.

T-Mobile allows me the first 5 gigs of data at whatever top download speed

is availble but after 5 gigs it will slowdown. I will be running ACP to take

care of running all astronomy programs and equipment. I have run

computer,scope, ACP, and astronomy programs while I was out at remote site.

If I do not use 3G or 4G to download large picture files I will be under 5

gig total for the full month.



When the the computer is turned on and Win7 is accessed the T-Mobile web

manager will be set up to come on and and access T-Mobile 3G or 4G. I will

then have 1 hour to start using the internet. If a program dose not use it

for internet use it will shut down after 1 hour.



Now comes the main problem. How do I turn the computer on or do I leave the

computer on? Just leaving the computer on does not help because after 1 hour

the internet connection will be lost if the internet connection is not in

use. If I just access internet for all 24 hours it will surely use up 5g

limit before 30 days and the speed will decrease below DSL speed. Power will

be available all the time at the observatory. Is there a way to turn the

computer on at certain time and have Win7 start up. If that is possible I

can then access T-Mobile Web manager and remotely start Team Viewer program,

ACP, MaximDL, roll off roof, and start other programs.



I can use any advice or help the group can furnish. I can be contacted

email, phone or Skype. email is res0hver@...

mailto:res0hver%40verizon.net> , phone office 972-578-2553, or Skype at

astroveterinarian. Thanks for any and all advice or help.



John Carver DVM











[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]







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#48737 Mar 9, 2012

I use 2 of the Digital-Loggers web power switches, a previous version

without the digital display. They work perfectly, never had a problem with

them. Have you looked into satellite internet?



Josh

On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM, Bernard Miller bgmiller011@...> wrote:



> **

>

>

> John,

>

> You can try this.

>

> www.digital-loggers.com/lpc.html?gclid=CMmN3YqZ2q4CFQ6EhwodS3H50A

>

> Bernard

>

> From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf

> Of

> John

> Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 3:18 AM

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: [MaxImDL] remote observatory

>

>

> To Group,

> I am in the final stages getting my remote observatory off and running.

> However through the whole process one problem has been a big and only

> partial resolved problem-- internet access. There is no Fios or DSL

> available. I have finally had to accept that T-Mobile 3G and sometimes 4G

> are going to be my internet access. The download is 3 to 5 Mbps and upload

> is 1 to .8 Mbps. I will be using ACP to run observatiory. Software programs

> are ACP, MaximDL, FocusMax, Sky6 or SkyX. Hardware equipment as follows :

> ASA 16 inch scope f-3.5, Paramount ME mount, Apogee U16M camera, and Tak

> FSQ

> 106 with Sbig 2000XM camera as guide scope. My observatory will also be

> using Foster Systems electronic hardware and software to open and close

> roll

> off roof. I will not move pictures via T-Mobile 3G back to my house but

> will

> bring data back every 3 days as I have to go to my farm every 3 days.

> T-Mobile allows me the first 5 gigs of data at whatever top download speed

> is availble but after 5 gigs it will slowdown. I will be running ACP to

> take

> care of running all astronomy programs and equipment. I have run

> computer,scope, ACP, and astronomy programs while I was out at remote site.

> If I do not use 3G or 4G to download large picture files I will be under 5

> gig total for the full month.

>

> When the the computer is turned on and Win7 is accessed the T-Mobile web

> manager will be set up to come on and and access T-Mobile 3G or 4G. I will

> then have 1 hour to start using the internet. If a program dose not use it

> for internet use it will shut down after 1 hour.

>

> Now comes the main problem. How do I turn the computer on or do I leave the

> computer on? Just leaving the computer on does not help because after 1

> hour

> the internet connection will be lost if the internet connection is not in

> use. If I just access internet for all 24 hours it will surely use up 5g

> limit before 30 days and the speed will decrease below DSL speed. Power

> will

> be available all the time at the observatory. Is there a way to turn the

> computer on at certain time and have Win7 start up. If that is possible I

> can then access T-Mobile Web manager and remotely start Team Viewer

> program,

> ACP, MaximDL, roll off roof, and start other programs.

>

> I can use any advice or help the group can furnish. I can be contacted

> email, phone or Skype. email is res0hver@...

> mailto:res0hver%40verizon.net> , phone office 972-578-2553, or Skype at

>

> astroveterinarian. Thanks for any and all advice or help.

>

> John Carver DVM

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>

>

>





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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#48738 Mar 9, 2012

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Bernard Miller" bgmiller011@...> wrote: >

> John,

>

>

>

> You can try this.

>

>

>

> www.digital-loggers.com/lpc.html?gclid=CMmN3YqZ2q4CFQ6EhwodS3H50A

>

>

>

> Bernard

>

>

>



I'll second the Digital Loggers switch. I have one in my observatory. It works very well.



My reason for responding however is your mentioning of Foster Systems roll of roof controller. I have the same controller and recommend it to anyone building an observatory.



Foster's software supports the CPS remote control power switches. I have two of the CPS switches in my observatory. You may be tempted to buy one because of Fosters support. The CPS switches do work as advertized and I have no complaints about their product but I would not recommend you using the CPS switches over the Digital Loggers.



There is one problem the CPS switch has when using it with Fosters software. When you turn on a CPS outlet with Fosters software it will indicate the outlet as being on by turning the outlet button green.



The outlet will stay on as long as the CPS power switch is powered or until you click the outlet button to turn it off. If for any reason you have to reload Fosters software (reboot etc.) after you have turned on a CPS outlet, the outlet will stay but Fosters software will show it as being off. The CPS switch has no way of telling Foster's software that it is on or off.



It would be very easy to inadvertently leave something powered up should you have had to reload Fosters software. Be it your mount left powered after you think the building and system is shut down you might be in for a nasty surprise.



LdB



www.mts.net/~lmlod/Observatory.html







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#48739 Mar 10, 2012

To Just about Everyone,

All of you have been just fantastic. I really did not expect the thoughtful and really practical ideas that have been presented. You really are a "Great " group of people. I have no doubt that I can solve my remote problems.



I have started ordering the final necessary parts to get this done. I hope to have this up and running in the next 30 days. I can be rather amatuer in my computer skills. If interested I will keep you informed of sucess and or failure.



Should any of you ever need any veterinary advice or help please let me return your generosity. That is something I can return with some the same skill you have used to help me. I know this is not necessary in such a gruop as this but you deserve it. Thank you again so very much.



John Carver



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