Mountain Home remote observatory

This is my remote observatory setup in Texas
Pier 1 which I call prometheus has a 14" meade at F6.4 with a QSI 660 and off access guiding it also has a TOA-150 at F7.2 with a FLI-16803 and off access guiding

Pier 2 I call Daedalus this pier is for broadcast live on www.nightskiesnetwork this has a 16" RC at F8 with a ASI-094 one shot color camera and on the side I have a TS-130 at F5 with a ASI 1600 one shot color camera No guiding needed.


Very impressive imaging setups! Welcome to the forum. :slightly_smiling_face:

Kind regards,


Wow, welcome and congratulations … dream setup !

All the best

Amazing setup!!! I see you are using a huge Snap Cap on your Meade. I am thinking about getting one for my 12.5 inch truss design reflector, but I am a little worried about the stability of this solution for a remote observatory (I am going to visit it only 2 or 3 times a year). What is your experience? Do you need to adjust it very often?

Thanks in advance,


Hello Jose,
I have a total of 5 Snap caps ranging from D180mm to D450mm all of them are illuminated disc so that I can do automated flats. (the picture is an older one and does not show all the snap caps) I only go to the observatory once a year for 4 days to do maintenance and any equipment updates. The Snap Cap are very dependable as well as support from Andràs. I’ll be going out this Oct. to install two additional piers one with a 14" planewave and the other pier will have a 10" RC.

I’m new to Voyager and it seems like a great program for my imaging set-ups I just need to find out how I can script the web-switch ( and my rigrunner ( I was able to control them with my other automated control program but I find Voyager to be much much better.

So I’ll probably be reaching out in this forum for some help.


Hello Joe,

Great to hear that the Snap Caps are so dependable. My aim is to both use it as a dust cover (coupled with the shroud) and flat panel for the Truss design scope I have ordered. So far I am setting up in the garden but I am planning to move things to a remote observatory within the next 12 months.
As part of this planning I am getting a Lunatico Dragonfly to remotely control the observatory. So I will be doing some testing switching it on and off via web next week. I´ll post my results, although I´m sure there are plenty of users in this forum who have been doing this for ages and will soon jump in to share their experience.
I made the move from SGP to Voyager and I really like it. The dragscript is really flexible and the flats functionality is amazing, you don´t need to run any calibration wizard before.
Good luck with Voyager and thanks for sharing your experience with Snap Cap,


Lunatico is directly managed by Voyager using Viking.

All the best

Thanks a lot Leonardo

Hi Joe,
I use the DLI web power switches too and have use the information on the dli website to make batch files that run a curl command to turn on or off a switch. It is pretty easy to setup. The info is here:

So I have a batch file for each switch that I can call to turn on or off. It is clunky but simple and it works.

It can also be controlled by python. The info is here:


I will try this out next.


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Hi Joe…Do you have any open pier spots available?

Same here; DLI switches are very reliable. I have scripts to turn on/off different parts of my observatory equipment including timers for a dehumidifier to run in the mornings using https instructions.


Hi RussD,

I will definitely look at tihis and hope I can figure it out.


If can help you, I remember to all the Voyager have a companion called Viking for manage the I/O cards and protocol in normalized way and integrated with Voyager with an application server and usable in Dragscript to obtain complex observatory management.

We can add cards implementation if you buy it and send to us the card and docuemntations or provide remote access for developmente … not all are confortable with real script.

All the best

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