Re: [MaxImDL] Re: Request for guidance on remoting my observatory


Oct 6, 2003

 


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#8538 Oct 6, 2003

I have installed Ethernet between my observatory and my office

overlooking the observatory in preparation for running my

dome/camera/scope from the warmth of my office..I must be getting old!

;-)







I am looking for recommendations regarding MaximDL/CCD setup for optimal

performance and any other input others think might be helpful regarding

dome, scope control



My server in the observatory is Windows 2000 Server dual proc. Scope

Meade LX200-12, Camera SBIG ST-237. The Sky, TPoint, Robofocus











Please send offline to me as I am not sure how much general interest

there is in this.











Thanks to all in advance and



Clear Skies....PLEASE!



Tom.s



www.littlebear-observatory.com> www.littlebear-observatory.com



www.cosmiccontrols.org> www.cosmiccontrols.org



www.i-codesmith.com> www.i-codesmith.com















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#8543 Oct 6, 2003

Tomas Palmer wrote:

> I have installed Ethernet between my observatory and my office

> overlooking the observatory in preparation for running my

> dome/camera/scope from the warmth of my office..I must be getting old!

> ;-)

>

> I am looking for recommendations regarding MaximDL/CCD setup for optimal

> performance and any other input others think might be helpful regarding

> dome, scope control

>

> My server in the observatory is Windows 2000 Server dual proc. Scope

> Meade LX200-12, Camera SBIG ST-237. The Sky, TPoint, Robofocus



A couple of suggestions:



For local operation, I like using the Windows XP Remote Administration

Desktop. It's so good you would swear you were working on the other

computer. You could also use VNC but it is nowhere near as good.



The other option is ACP Observatory Automation Software. It provides a

web browser interface for operating the observatory. See

acp3.dc3.com



Doug



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Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Drive, Unit 106,

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#8546 Oct 6, 2003

I was leaning toward XP for my server as I hear this XP service is

great.

I am glad that it works well with MaximDL/CCD as this means that other

visual heavy apps like the Sky will be fine.





Clear Skies....PLEASE!

Tom.s

www.littlebear-observatory.com

www.cosmiccontrols.org

www.i-codesmith.com





-----Original Message-----

From: Douglas B. George [mailto:dgeorge@...]

Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 12:46 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com; SBIG@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [MaxImDL] Request for guidance on remoting my observatory



Tomas Palmer wrote:

> I have installed Ethernet between my observatory and my office

> overlooking the observatory in preparation for running my

> dome/camera/scope from the warmth of my office..I must be getting old!

> ;-)

>

> I am looking for recommendations regarding MaximDL/CCD setup for

optimal > performance and any other input others think might be helpful

regarding > dome, scope control

>

> My server in the observatory is Windows 2000 Server dual proc. Scope

> Meade LX200-12, Camera SBIG ST-237. The Sky, TPoint, Robofocus



A couple of suggestions:



For local operation, I like using the Windows XP Remote Administration

Desktop. It's so good you would swear you were working on the other

computer. You could also use VNC but it is nowhere near as good.



The other option is ACP Observatory Automation Software. It provides a

web browser interface for operating the observatory. See

acp3.dc3.com



Doug



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Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Drive, Unit 106,

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#8554 Oct 6, 2003

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Douglas B. George" dgeorge@c...>

> For local operation, I like using the Windows XP Remote Administration

> Desktop. It's so good you would swear you were working on the other

> computer. You could also use VNC but it is nowhere near as good.



Doug:



Has XP improved to the point that it's as good as Win2k?



Do you think RAD will work over the internet or do ISP's

filter the ports it talks over? I regularly run a Linux VNC client

to a Win server over long distances, but I'm all for something that

would work better. (even if it is an all windows solution)



Speaking of older OS's.

I found Win/ME to be junk.



Win98SE is great if it's running only ONE

application at a time. I don't see why people have so much

trouble with it.







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#8556 Oct 6, 2003

I've been running XP Pro for about 6 months now. No service packs but a

couple of hot fixes. I find it to be as stable as W2K (i.e. a rock). Its

management of networking seems better than W2K. The Remote Desktop feature

blows away any other remote control software. All of my astronomy software

ran flawlessly under W2K, and continues to do so under XP.



I never found W98 to be very good, but even if it can run one app at a time,

it's not too useful for observatory control, since a typical

imaging/observatory control session frequently requires the simultaneous

operation of 3 or 4 or 5 apps.



Chris



*****************************************

Chris L Peterson

Cloudbait Observatory

www.cloudbait.com



----- Original Message -----

From: "glinos7124" tg@...>

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 4:31 PM

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: Request for guidance on remoting my observatory





> Has XP improved to the point that it's as good as Win2k?

>

> Do you think RAD will work over the internet or do ISP's

> filter the ports it talks over? I regularly run a Linux VNC client

> to a Win server over long distances, but I'm all for something that

> would work better. (even if it is an all windows solution)

>

> Speaking of older OS's.

> I found Win/ME to be junk.

>

> Win98SE is great if it's running only ONE

> application at a time. I don't see why people have so much

> trouble with it.



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#8558 Oct 6, 2003

glinos7124 wrote:

> Has XP improved to the point that it's as good as Win2k?



Yes. We use a mix of XP and 2000 machines here at Diffraction, and they

are equally stable. XP has some very handy new features.

> Do you think RAD will work over the internet or do ISP's

> filter the ports it talks over? I regularly run a Linux VNC client

> to a Win server over long distances, but I'm all for something that

> would work better. (even if it is an all windows solution)



Generally speaking it should work over the internet; it's very rare for

an ISP to block the port. It's not uncommon for firewalls to block it,

but presumably you have control over that.

> Speaking of older OS's.

> I found Win/ME to be junk.



I call it "Mangled Edition". It's complete garbage. It's actually MUCH

worse than Windows 95, and that's saying a lot.

> Win98SE is great if it's running only ONE

> application at a time. I don't see why people have so much

> trouble with it.



It is adequate, but crash-prone.



Doug



---------------



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Drive, Unit 106,

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#8621 Oct 13, 2003

My favourite remote control program is Windows XP Remote Administration

Desktop. It's really quite amazing -- it's so fast you would swear you

were working on the remote computer. It does require XP Pro on the

observatory computer (you can control it from any version of Windows).



Doug



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Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Drive, Unit 106,

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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