Weekend Star Party Recap.

Well, not much to report.  The weather gods still hate me.  First, cloud cover during the lunar eclipse earlier this month (of course, only during totality, it was perfectly clear on either side, just blocking out the main event).  And now this weekends wind storms ruined another opportunity to image the Universe.

New Roof 20140412~ (1)

I did manage to get some work done on my new roof for remote observing.  I have what I think is a better idea for the roll off roof for our climate.  I thought that I had come up with a great new idea, but it turns out that other people have been making wedge shaped roll off roof observatories for a while (at least one other person has, that I have found).

The frame construction is made from Unistrut(r) and all the bracing as well.  The roof will be covered by either 1/4 or 11/32 inch plywood sheets to add rigidity and keep it safe from the elements.  I am going to waterproof the wood exterior and then cover is with a self adhesive rolling roof base sheet for additional protection.  I have a 1hp DC garage door opener that I will use to open and close the roof remotely.

I still have to install the internal cameras to make sure that the scopes are clear before the roof opens and closes and I am still working on remote waking the computers so that I don’t waste electricity.

I am trying to set up a Raspberry Pi to remote wake on lan the other computers, because it runs at about 0.8 watts when operational and lower when just sitting there.  However, to date, I haven’t had much success using a reverse autossh tunnel to bypass my ISP’s firewall to give the commands.  If anyone out there can help me with this, I would greatly appreciate it.

Hopefully, by the end of May, I will have a fully functional remote observatory.  I’ll post some images and some video when it is done.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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