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AZcendant Observatory At Rancho Hidalgo New Mexico (See my Web site at http: //www. astroshow. com)
Acknowledgements • Bill Yates. He asked me to buy his telescopes when he found he had pancreatic cancer. Thanks Bill. We miss you. . . The telescopes at the site are the ones you used. • Bernard Miller. His presentation to EVAC a few months ago was essential in showing how this could be done and showing what equipment would be needed for remote control. Thanks Bernard! • Gene Turner (and Loy Bear), owner/operator of Rancho Hidalgo and Granite Gap, perhaps the best location in the US for dark skies and excellent seeing conditions. Thanks Gene and Loy for making all this possible!
Rancho Hidalgo County, NM. Southernmost county of New Mexico.
Moving In and Setting Up
Remote Controlled Power Switch
Inside the Warm Room
Video Cams are Essential
Must be able to re-sync scopes Meade LX-200 1. Take image of random place in sky - overhead preferably. Use video cams to determine scope position. Make sure you have some stars. 2. Do not move the scope. 3. Upload image and do plate solve using either: A. http: //nova. astrometry. net/ B. http: //www. flickr. com/groups/387956@N 23/ (an Astrometry group on flickr) 4. Use found coordinates to sync the scope remotely.
Must be able to re-sync scopes CGE Mount Set “Last-align” using remote controlled solenoids to push keypad buttons
Remote Controlled Power Switch Devices that are being controlled
Some Early Images First test image, M 42, (B/W) Early Test Image, M 42, LRGB
Conclusions • Dark skies, superb “seeing”, wonderful people. • I knew I wanted to be an astronomer when I was in the 4 th grade… • This observatory exceeds any life-long astronomy dreams I had as a kid! • You could do this too! • Call Gene Turner at 575 -548 -0065 to see how.