Home-Made Remote-Controlled Astronomy Camera
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Step 1: Materials
1. Circular Container
2. Intel Compute Stick
3. Small Plastic Container
4. Arecont 1.55 Arecont 1.55mm 1/2 F2.0 fixed iris, fisheye lens
5. 4" Acrylic Dome
6. ZWO ASI120MC-S Camera
7. 3" Wooden Circular Plate
8. Strong Double-Sided Tape
9. Weather Sealing Tape
10. Cardboard Pieces
Step 2: TeamViewer and Image-Capture Software
Download Teamviewer onto your computer and the compute stick.
Make an account in TeamViewer so you don't have to enter the password to connect to the compute stick
Download your preferred Image-Capture software and set the destination folder to one-drive. Do this so you can access the images from your PC.
Step 3: Superglue the Small Plastic Container to the Big One
Use superglue to attach the small plastic container upside down to the bigger enclosure
Step 4: Superglue the Cardboard Pieces
Superglue the cardboard pieces together and glue all of them on the small plastic container
Step 5: Stick the Camera to the Circular Wooden Plate and Put It in the Enclosure
Use the double sided tape to stick the camera to the circular wooden plate. Make sure that the camera is in the middle.
Then place the camera-plate piece and put it in the enclosure. Do Not Glue It!
Step 6: Drill a Hole on the Cover of the Ziploc Container
Use a 2 1/8" hole drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the cover of the Ziploc container.
Step 7: Attach the Cover to the Enclosure Over the Camera
Step 8: Clean the Acrylic Dome
Clean the Acrylic Dome with a microfiber cloth. Make sure the inside is cleaned well to ensure clear pictures.
Step 9: Stick the Weather Sealing Tape to the Enclosure
Stick a piece of the weather sealing tape to the enclosure with super glue for some weather-proofing.
Step 10: Stick the Dome to the Enclosure
Stick the dome to the enclosure with double-sided tape
Step 11: Drill a Hole for the Camera Cable
Drill a Hole for the camera cable, while making sure it doesn't crack the plastic.
Step 12: Connect the Camera Enclosure to the Intel Compute Stick
Grab your handy Intel compute stick and connect the camera to it. Mount it somewhere close by the camera and make sure it has some protection. Remember water and computers don't mix.
Step 13: Put the Camera Somewhere High
Put the camera on something high: the roof, a pillar, or a ramada. Do this to ensure that the pictures are of the sky and not the surroundings of your backyard.
Step 14: Use TeamViewer to Connect to the Intel Compute Stick
Use TeamViewer to connect to the Intel compute stick, start up your Image-Capture software and capture away!