Telescope and Observatory Automation: What You Need to Know
Tony Darnell from DeepAstronomy and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes overview how far you can really take telescope automation on this episode of Space Junk. Learn tips from the pros about each part that goes into an automated astrophotography setup to get the best results for your success. Also, stay tuned for the end when Dustin answers your much-anticipated question about Radian swag!
Timestamps for Telescope and Observatory Automation: What You Need to Know
1:27 – “We are gathered here today...”
2:38 – What is true automation?
3:30 – Is there such thing as modifying too much?
5:08 – What gear helps with polar aligning, setting date and time, and more for imaging.
6:15 – Automating imaging
9:06 – GoTo systems
9:46 – Focuser ideas
15:08 – Using fast focusers like the RASA
17:02 – Review of what you need to get started with automating your telescope
17:33 – How important it is to have permanently mounted equipment
20:15 – The kind of computer you should use to automate your telescope
27:41 – What kind of software do automated telescopes and observatories use?
33:12 – Automating processing with software used to automate your telescope
38:27 – Filter wheels and automated systems
45:50 – Quality telescopes last for generations
48:28 – More tips on picking filters and filter wheels for your camera
1:01 – Newly released Radian T-shirt!
What would you include in the perfect automated system? Let us know in the comments below!