About Astrojohn

I am a science geek! Interests Astronomy, Skiing, Philosophy, basically any form of technology including writing automation software for my observatory. I will also share this with others using the same EQMOD/Astroart tool set.

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Astroart 6.0 Manager – Automate your observatory V9.12e – freeware.

I have just released the minimal system to automate your observatory.

Just unzip to the desktop and run the link to the planner and manager. (OM912e)

Astroart6.0 Manager V9.12e
There is also a system checker that will validate all your files.

You should create a TEMP folder on your desktop to store your images and planning files.

There are additional tools to create target files and to check they conform with AA6 target lists. If you need those just send me an email.  I also have tools to select galaxies for supernova hunting or to produce target lists of variable stars.

There are individual scripts that you can read with the configuration checker and customise to match your hardware, camera, dome, filters, focuser, mount etc.

Hope you find this useful.  I am happy to provide assistance to customise the system to your hardware, however, Astroart6.0 does most of the hard work for you.  If you can drive all your equipment with AA6 through ASCOM drivers or direct, you will not have a problem.

 

All the best

John

 

Latest measurement of V0470 CAM close binary pair.

You can see the initial readings are at the secondary minima.

This measurement of the primary minima (in BJD) will go into the data set to estimate the changes in the binary pair period.
Strange bright spot at minima??

My First Test spectra using SA200

A0 spectra.

SA200 spectra of an A0 star Phad. Marked line is Hydrogen beta.

Exposure is 1.5 seconds Using the RC astrograph and Trius H694 with SA200 in the filter wheel.

 

19th March M51

M51

M51 2X300sec per colour

Just a quick image as I was trying to set up my new SA200.
Without much success!!

Just about to start a new project and my camera has a problem!

Cosmic ray strike on my camera chip!!:

Ok just had a message from Starlight Xpress about this:
It is an increase in dark current caused by a high energy particle striking the chip and causing a small flaw in the crystal structure.
Clearly not a lot you can do about this. (maybe wrap the camera up in lead when not in use, however, if it has got through the earth a bit of lead will not be very effective) It is this sort of particle that causes damage to DNA and also expensive cameras.

Horsehead Nebular – Last night 150 sec X 3 per colour

AAVSO Award!

Time flies when you are busy!!

Minimal Observation Manager Freeware added to download.

Version 9.12c is in downloads now.   Minimal configuration with only essential files in folder.

Still needs to be configured for your system.

 

All the best

John

 

Quick Monochrome image of the Triangulum Pinwheel -PGC 5818 in V filter.

 

Very short exposure to look for Supernova on 19 Nov 2017!Nearly 3 million Light Years away (NGC 0589)

Very core of our nearest Galaxy – Andromeda at 2.5 Million Light years.

Bit too big for my field of view (26′ by 21′). But nice pic of the inner dust lanes also 19 Nov 2017!

Right overhead at this time of year, so anyone with a mount and a camera with telephoto and FOV of about 2.5degrees, now is the time to image this spectacular sight.