Setting Up

  1. Head torch
  2. Empty cupboard
  3. Telescope out to cool
  4. Laptop and power. Boot.
  5. Extension lead to pier and Sun Dial to Utility Room
  6. Chair outside dinning room and check pier top
  7. Mount 1 to chair
  8. Mount bottom to pier
  9. Bolt it on and adjust
  10. Mount 2 to pier
  11. Counter weight!
  12. Box to pier. Plug in. USB to house. Switch on power.
  13. GTO box to mount
  14. Motor cables and hand controller.
  15. Check counter weight, Telescope to mount.
  16. Record 'visual time'
  17. Cable to focuser. Remove 1.25 inch adapter / extension
  18. Camera - plug in power lead extension, remove cap
  19. Camera - plug into usb and connect to telescope
  20. Plug in USB to computer
  21. Power on mount + camera.
  • Start MaxIm DL
  • Set focus
  • GOTO star. 
  • Add lens hood
  • Take 4 sec exposure. Pinpoint
  • If this struggles, use red dot finder / finder
  • GoTo star near object. Guider calibrate.
  • Focus run(s)
  • GoTo object. Take 4 sec exposure. Pinpoint.
  • Start guiding. Display graph
  • Set up exposure.
  • Record imaging setup time.
  • Start run. Record start temperature.
  1. Record end imaging time
  2. Stop guiding. Disconnect from planetarium.
  3. Slew to zenith
  4. Foil to telescope
  5. Chair to telescope
  6. Foil power. Switch on.
  7. Take flats
  8. Cool down camera
  9. Focus to zero
  10. Park scope
  11. Disconnect all from observatory dialog
  12. Switch off mount
  13. Remove hand controller and motor cables
  14. Disconnect camera.
  15. Switch off camera
  16. Remove camera
  17. Pack up camera cables
  18. Pack up GTO box
  19. Switch off power to box. Box to house
  20. Telescope to house
  21. Counter weight to house
  22. Mount 1 to house
  23. Remove bolts, back off adjuster
  24. Mount 2 to house
  25. Sundial to mount
  26. Extension lead to house.
  27. Record packed up time
  28. Shutdown computer.
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