Category: Astro Hut

New Computer

I did not like having to drag my laptop back and forth from the Astro Hut.

So we went looking on E-Bay for a computer and found a
Gateway Model E4600, Pentium4 1.3GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 37GB HD, 250MB Zip, DVD-ROM. 10/100 Ethernet card included!! for 40$.
While its not a top of the line, it is more then what I need!

I dropped in a:

    spare 60 GB hard drive
    a wireless card
    USB card

and am a happy camper!

Now comes the battle of installing all of the astro software from all of the computers…
I have to say that this is going to be one of the better upgrades to the Astro Hut I have done.

Where Have I Been?

Where have I been?
For the last 3 month we have had nothing but CLOUDS and snow!
Its enough to drive me NUTS!
And with all of the snow we have had its hard to believe that WINTER is still a couple of days away.

And to make matters worse I was working on this site and I dropped the Data Base
And of course I did not have a back up.
I had to use a Google Cached copy to get all of the info back.
What a pain that was….

CG5GT and Cables

My CG5GT was getting to be a MESS with all of the cables coming and going.

I have come close to tripping and ripping some of the cables out.

THAT would have been BAD VERY VERY BAD!

I have 4 cables
2 are for the cameras,
the Orion LPI and the Meade DSI Color
2 are for guiding
GPUSB guide port interface and the Hand Controler.

So I got a couple of 4 port USB hubs
Now I have to spend some time routing all of them out of the way!


BackYard Observatory Inside

Here are some pictures of the inside
This is the South Wall

This is the West Wall

This is the East Wall

and the North Wall

One of the plus things about having the 5′ clearance for the rolloff is that I can build 5′ shelves on 3 of the wall.
I wired in 6 plugs 2 on each S,W,N walls can’t have to many plugs!
I have LOTS of work space.