Category: BackYard Observatory

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.

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
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This is the West Wall
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This is the East Wall
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and the North Wall
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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.

BYO BackYard Observatory

I have finished my backyard observatory.
I really REALLY like it.
In the last week I have gotten 12 more hours of observing then I would have without my backyard observatory!
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I have finished my backyard observatory.
I really REALLY like it.
In the last week I have gotten 12 more hours of observing then I would have without my backyard observatory!