Astro tools, Electronics

Isolated eqmod adapter for the telescope control

There are popular and quite cheap amateur telescope mounts from different vendors: Sky-Watcher, Celestron and so on. Most of that mounts contains motors and some controller schematic. User can control this devices in different ways. One way is to use mount’s handcontroller, other way is connect to computer and use some software to control and guide the telescope. Such connection…

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Radio & antennas

144 MHz Yagi-Uda antenna

Yagi–Uda antenna is a directional and pretty effective antenna consisting of multiple parallel elements in a line, usually half-wave dipoles made of metal rods. Best-known use of this type of antenna is as rooftop terrestrial television antennas, but it is also used for point-to-point fixed communication links and for long distance shortwave communication by shortwave broadcasting stations and radio amateurs.…

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Astro tools, Software

Converting DSLR RAW images into scientific FITS format. Part 1: UI

FITS – is an open standard defining a digital file format useful for storage, transmission and processing of scientific and other images. FITS is the most commonly used digital file format in astronomy. Unlike many image formats, FITS is designed specifically for scientific data and hence includes many provisions for describing photometric and spatial calibration information, together with image origin…

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