Category: Satellite Tracking Camera

Astro CCD Camera and 50mm F1.4 = Mag 9

Auckland weather has turned in the last week. Evenings must be about 5-10 degrees cooler now meaning the atmosphere is more stable and ultimately better sky viewing conditions. I set up my Mintron camera with the 50mm F1.4 Lens I

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Satellite Tracking Camera – Progress Update

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’ve been working on building a satellite tracking system. The plan is to end up with a fully automatic Pan/Tilt positioning system with a high sensitivity video camera, millisecond accuracy video time

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Adding Custom Characters to the MAX7456 Video Overlay Generator

I’m playing with the Maxim MAX7456 Video On-Screen Display Generator for my Satellite Tracking Camera project. I’m wanting to use it to overlay accurate (GPS locked) time stamps onto each individual field of a PAL or NTSC video signal. The

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AVR Pulse Per Second & NMEA simulator

As part of building my Satellite Tracking Camera, I’m building a GPS time inserter to insert accurate time stamps on a video feed. I’m unable to get GPS reception in my test/development area, so I decided it would be easier

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ASCOM and Communications protocols

I hope you all had a great New Year and have big plans for 2011. I don’t have much new to report on the Satellite tracking platform. I’ve been looking into equipment for the system and at communications protocols.

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Removing Excess Weight

I carefully looked over the entire mechanism to decide which parts to keep. The main circuit board worked and using serial could be commanded to go to a position or even store positions, but it lost out due to not

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New Project – Satellite Tracking Camera

I recently acquired a second hand Pan Tilt mechanism from a CCTV camera system.

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