About focuser controllers
Why is an external controller like the Armadillo, Platypus, Tarsier or Limpet better than an “all in one” (focuser with embedded motor and cables)?
PocketCloudWatcher: Test report
LUNÁTICO ASTRONOMÍA POCKET CLOUD WATCHER (“Astronomía” Magazine nº. 238 – April 2019) This month we bring a sort of personal weather guard. A small
Node-RED tutorial (for Dragonfly and CloudWatcher SOLO)
From Lunático we have been playing around a little bit with Node-RED – as they say “…a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs
How to drill aluminium?
The Lunático plates, and others, are designed for been apt to be easily adapted for the use that you wish to give them.
That is the reason why we make them in solid aluminum that shows much less machining problems that extruded forms.
Making the Solo, Platypus or Dragonfly more easily accessible in the network
With recent Windows 10 “updates”, and the treatment Microsoft is giving to all computers and networks, as if all were in a “high risk” zone,
Why is it best to guide with a short scope?
Autoguiding is one of the most challenging tasks to master in astrophotography; nowadays, with digital cameras (CCD or CMOS), manual guiding makes no sense, as it is almost impossible to keep the required accuracy, even more with the ever-increasing exposure times everyone is using.
Some notes about cloud detection and the CloudWatcher
Cloud detection is, unfortunately, not straightforward. Nobody has yet found a fail-proof way to determine the degree of cloudiness of the sky, other of course
Exoplanet hunting for the bored astronomer
I’m not the first to become a bit tired of shooting pretty pictures every night. Maybe it’s just I’m not too self-demanding, but I can
PushBullet notifications – now from the Dragonfly
For a long time, we’ve been using and recommending PushBullet as a very convenient way of receiving notifications from astronomy equipment. We added support for
Simple setup to safely close the roof with the CloudWatcher
If you have a simple roof automation, maybe a garage-door system, there is an effective way to close the roof in case of unsafe weather, including sunrise, with no risk of opening it again (unless manually, for the next session).