Astro tools, Electronics, Radio & antennas

Low noise and low cost amplifier for radio astronomy, 21 cm band

21 cm band also known as the Hydrogen line is one of the important bands in radio astronomy. Please read this Wikipedia article if you not familiar with the Hydrogen line. Nowadays even radio amateurs can observe this signal from outer space, thanks to modern hardware. One of the most important parts of any receiver is the antenna and input…

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Allsky camera, Astro tools, Electronics, Software

Autonomous Allsky camera with Raspberry PI. Part 3: shooting night sky in FITS using QHY5-IIM camera

This is a third part of the Allsky cycle. Please read previous articles to get complete information about this project: Part 1. Autonomous Allsky camera with Raspberry PI: overview. Part 2. Autonomous Allsky camera with Raspberry PI: powering and lightning protection This time I will show my utility and script for shooting night sky and processing of the images.

Astro tools, Software

Converting DSLR RAW images into scientific FITS format. Part 2: working with LIBRAW

In the previous article I’m started to describe my Raw2Fits converter. It was a brief note about GTK user interface development. Now I wanna talk about LibRaw library. This is a great library for reading RAW files obtained from digital photo cameras (CRW/CR2, NEF, RAF, DNG, and others). Take a look at the LibRaw project web page and official documentation.…

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Allsky camera, Astro tools, Electronics

Autonomous Allsky camera with Raspberry PI. Part 1: overview.

Allsky (or weather) camera is one of the most important parts of the modern observatory. It’s very important to monitor sky conditions during night observations, especially when the observatory is remote controlled or should be fully automatic. Different vendors provide different solutions. But all they are share the same problems: very high prices, lack of autonomy (PC is required) and…

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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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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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