The Ultimate Portable Setup
01/02/2016

This is my ultimate portable setup, shown here on one of my camping/imagng trips to the Dry Tortugas National Park.


Shown here with the Esprit 80 refractor, I sometimes use the Veloce RH-200 instead. Both are lightweight and easy to travel with. The Paramount MYT is powered by an EGO 56v utility battery (Lithium Ion), and the camera (cooled SX Trius 694) is powered by a LiFe 12v/25ah battery. Riding atop is a Raspberry Pi 2 (now upgraded to a Pi 3), powered off the Versa Plate 5v supply. The Pi communicates with the mount via WiFi, and the iPad is running a VNC client that allows me to use the Pi like a remote laptop. Once I'm imaging, I can just disconned/shutdown the tablet to save battery while the scope and mount image away. There is also a Starlight Instruments Feather Touch focuser, which is also motorized/automated.


 


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The Ultimate Portable Setup