Monthly Archives: August 2011

2011/08/27

Rearranged the viewing deck monitor desk, installed and tested a secondary CRT monitor. Increased the length of the existing cables to allow for better placement of the existing monitor, mouse and keyboard. The primary monitor is located to the left of the secondary monitor.

Glen

2011/08/26

Installed the SBIG ST-10XME CCD camera and CFW9 filter wheel. Moved camera 1″ closer to the telescope to compensate for depth of colour wheel. Modified braces as required. Verified that the camera and computer would connect and ensured the filter wheel would select a filter location by taking some test images and checking the CCDSoft dialog windows.

Glen

2011/08/19

I looked at the black-tube Celestron, collimation was definitely out. Focused on the small lettering on a coffee can and there were at least two misaligned ghost texts appearing. I did manage to get a coarse collimation done to eliminate the ghost text issue. No stars were visible to check the diffraction ring alignment.

Blair

2011/08/16

Installed Power Panel + (UPS monitoring program) on ‘New RMOB’ computer. Deactivated nistime utility on ‘Terra’ and ‘Meteor’ observatory computers and installed Dimension 4 (D4) using tick.usno.nav.mil as the time source. Computer time is synchronized every 15 minutes.

Glen

2011/08/16

Installed a second patch panel and transferred the Sentinel computer video card cable, and the AllSky and Telescope Video distribution amplifier cables to it. Rearranged patch cords. Reinstalled all pier coax cables to their original BNC bulkhead fittings and updated relevant documentation.

Glen

2011/08/15

Deactivated nistime utility on ‘New SonofSol’, ‘New Rmob’, ‘Sentinel’ and ‘Weathercam’ observatory computers and installed Dimension 4 (D4) using tick.usno.nav.mil as the time source. Computer time is synchronized every 15 minutes. D4 has a greater selection of time servers, some useful tools, and is more user friendly.

Glen

2011/08/11

Reset the AllSky camera GFI circuit. Set up an account on www.livestream.com site to enable ‘Sentinel’ computer to stream live video to NASA’s ‘UpAllNight’ site for the Perseids.

Glen