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Remote Observatory - Guinea Pigs Wanted

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16 years 10 months ago #46115 by dmcdona
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Is someone logged on at the mo? If so, sorry, gonna have ditch you... I'm getting some error messages up...

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16 years 10 months ago #46116 by philiplardner
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Looks the biz and worked a dream! Very impressed... doubly so as I am planning to use ACP for my own setup eventually. It's so nice of you to be *my* guinepig! :D When the time comes for me to lash out the spondooliks for control software, you'll have already ironed out the bugs and overcome all the hurdles... I hope!

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16 years 10 months ago #46117 by dmcdona
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When the time comes for me to lash out the spondooliks for control software, you'll have already ironed out the bugs and overcome all the hurdles... I hope!

Phil.


Glad you like it Phil! Its pretty complex to be honest - I'm working live at the mo (hence dumping you all off) and I'm getting some odd behaviour. Good think is, support is good and quick.

When I'm done playing, I'll re-enable the Guest account and let ye all know.

Watch this space!

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Dave

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16 years 10 months ago #46124 by eansbro
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I have been using ACP for about 2 years on two robotic observatories. In particular ACP scheduler which is ideal for Irish climate conditions.
In the survey work I am using it for detecting EKBOs, its a blessing to use. I can script in a mosaic for a 5 hour run. I go to bed and leave it run. Its definitely astronomy while you sleep. In April alone I did over 100 hours of surveying.

At ones leisure you can then analyse the data. I detected 5 EKBOs at around 21 to 22 mag and 130 asteroids of around 16-19 mag which were already known by MPC. Most of the work is using PinPoint within ACP for plate solving and detection of these objects. Like most you on the boards I have to get up for work after a good nights sleep. But its definitely the way to go if you are serious in astronomy.

BTW I am presenting this material and explaining the benefits of ACP for minor planet work to the British Astronomical Association, Asteroids and Remote Planets Section on 2 June in Newbury.

Dave, You made a good choice for the future.

Eamonn A

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16 years 10 months ago #46125 by dmcdona
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Thanks for that Eamon!

I did a pointing correction run last night - ACP just gets on with it. I ran the correction script then, err, just watched for an hour! ACP figures it all out and off it goes - slews the scope over the sky, plate solves each image and figures out the corrections to be made. Then it produces a pointing model for continuing use. Super!

By the way, the guest account is now available - but there's nothing happening.

Dave

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16 years 10 months ago #46126 by michael_murphy
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Hi Dave,

I tried it at about 12:25 and it worked perfectly.

I couldn't find the 'launch space shuttle' tab tho' :D

Michael.

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