I operate a telescope observatory remotely from my home located 60 miles away. My observatory already automates most function like opening and closing the roof, controlling the telescope mount, monitor weather conditions, and taking photographs. The missing piece was the ability to cover the telescope objective lenses to keep dust, insects, tree frogs, etc. off the glass when the telescopes are not in use
This project allows the operation via a computer app of up to 3 motors, 2 servo and 1 stepper, to open and close cover for the main telescope and the guide scope. A recent modification to the Arduino Sketch and a new ASCOM filterwheel driver allows TheSkyX to use this as a shutter for taking darks with camers without an internal shutter.
ASCOM FilterWheel Driver with CodeVB.NET
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