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Latest post about PAN006, the designation of the PANOPTES telescope I've built and am working to get running automatically.

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It's now been just over a month since I installed my PANOPTES exoplanet survey telescope in dome 7 of the Mars Center for Science & Technology at Wheaton College. I had hoped it would be operational by now, but sadly we're not there yet. This is my tale of ...

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After installing the PANOPTES scope at Wheaton College last week, we saw a lovely sunset.
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I'm preparing to experiment with using a digital compass to augment the orientation data we can get from an accelerometer...

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A win for Project PANOPTES: an award at Stellafane!

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PANOPTES ready for Stellafane
To help me make progress on building my Project PANOPTES robotic telescope, I enlisted an external motivator: I entered it into the Mechanical Competition at Stellafane , which is this coming Saturday. With some help from a neighbor, Noel Qiao, the telescop...

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PANOPTES ready for Stellafane
To help me make progress on building my Project PANOPTES robotic telescope, I enlisted an external motivator: I entered it into the Mechanical Competition at Stellafane , which is this coming Saturday. With some help from a neighbor, Noel Qiao, the telescop...

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Read the Instructions... Thoroughly!
I reported recently on completing the assembly of the power board . The designers of the PANOPTES system and the beta-test builders (I'm in that latter group) had discussed the fact that the instructions were structured in a way that made for some awkward s...

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PANOPTES Power Board Assembled
I'm excited to report that I've finished the assembly of the Power Board for my PANOPTES telescope. Top View The board takes in 12 volts DC, and distributes it to the rest of the system. In particular it has 5 switched lines for the Cameras, PC, Mount, Cool...

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PANOPTES Power Board Assembled
I'm excited to report that I've finished the assembly of the Power Board for my PANOPTES telescope. Top View The board takes in 12 volts DC, and distributes it to the rest of the system. In particular it has 5 switched lines for the Cameras, PC, Mount, Cool...
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