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Charles Dunlop's Blog – April 2011 Archive (11)

Mechanics of Observatory

Damned I'm learning a lot. Pempro is a fantastic program. The polar Alignment wizard is really awesome.

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 29, 2011 at 10:42pm — 2 Comments


almost getting all the bugs worked out. CCDautopilot is awesome, except it's bugging out at the alnitak flip-flat connecting phase. grrrr. Getting close, was playing around until 11 PM. Think I'll be in action this weekend. Setting up the CGE pro mount tomorrow as the adapter plate is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. So I'll play around with polar aligning perfectly and then play with pempro, perfectly polar align and nail in, and then for sure check the PEC and reprogram the mount.

The… Continue

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 27, 2011 at 10:49pm — 3 Comments

My weather forecast

unbelievable. 0% precip chance, zero clouds, great visibility... for like 10 days!! No chance that's real, except, it appears to be.

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 26, 2011 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

Clear skies forecast

I'm forecast to have five clear nights Tuesday onward. Holy ,ply not sure how to handle that!!!

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 25, 2011 at 6:59am — 2 Comments

Hawaii Five-O

It's Official the Hawaii Five-0 episode featuring Mauli Ola Foundation airs on CBS May 2nd. The episode is entitled “Ho’ohuli Na’au”. Stoked.

Mauli Ola is my charity, I know the guys at Hawaii Five-O and Scott Kahn the actor guy and Kala Alexander a good friend convinced the writers to write my charity into the episode. it's a big deal!!


Added by Charles Dunlop on April 19, 2011 at 9:04am — 7 Comments

Observatory almost functional

Software conflicts resolved, was playing last night with just slewing and focusing, etc. Downloaded the trial of CCDware and will be playing with that. ALMOST there. Things to do include figuring out orion starshoot autoguider in CCDsoft, and finding a thermometer that hooks up USB that is compliant with CCDware as you can refocus at set temperature changes, like 2 F change, it'll refocus on next shot, that's pretty awesome. So I'll be posting shots before you guys know it!

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 16, 2011 at 6:38am — 8 Comments


Got my software conflicts figured out. Downloading CCDautopilot and hoping all works. STOKED!!!!

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 15, 2011 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment


Love this damned hobby!

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 14, 2011 at 3:56pm — 4 Comments

Customer service

I've had very interesting cuts,er service experiences in the last two days.

Orion. Asking them about ccdsoft driver for their autoguider, the guy emails me back saying he doesn't use ccdsoft. So I point out in prefer ccdsoft and he writes back, "yeah but I dont". Wow

Skyshedpod. After waiting like four or five extra months for my adapter plate for the pier, they snail mail it, so I upgrade mounts when the thing finally arrives and reorder another plate, and they are… Continue

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 13, 2011 at 6:28am — 15 Comments

building the observatory (finally)

Got the rubber flooring down, the electricty coming up from under the deck, and am just waiting for the plate adapter coming tomorrow. Need a longer firewire or extension to set up the remote USB hub but other than that I'm ready to set up and roll.

Added by Charles Dunlop on April 3, 2011 at 5:51pm — 11 Comments

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