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  • Carlos Alicea

    Hey my friend and I ran into you at familabs. Loved the telescope and i’m super interested in them.

  • Joshua Poulalion

    Thank you for presenting this great project to our class at Lyman. We are in the process of making our adjustments and tightening everything up. This comment is mostly to get discution on the forum started. We will be following up with specific questions as they arise.

  • Willis

    Hi Bob, my name is Willis, I’m a student at Lyman High School in Mrs. Acken’s class, I wanted to say I highly appreciate your coming in and involving us in this project and I look forward to helping you create an awesome auto telescope.

  • Ted Schutt

    Greetings from Lyman High! This is Ted. i was present for your presentation on your automated telescope. I found the presentation very interesting and cool, as I have always been a stargazer myself. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to show and inspire us to a new goal that would benefit our understanding further into the world of technology!

  • Tyler Ward

    Hello, this is Tyler from the high school class at Lyman High school you presented to last week. I just wanted to thank you for the awesome presentation, and telescope, that you gave us. We’ll make sure to work hard on this and I think that this project is going to be awesome. I don’t really have any questions right now but I’ll make sure to ask if I have any.
    Thanks again, Tyler Ward

  • Emma Jackson

    Hello there, This is Emma from Lyman! Thank you for coming in and talking to use about the telescope! I think the entire telescope was interesting, I rather enjoyed learning about the hardware it used. No questions at the moment, but i’m sure I’ll have some eventually!
    Thank you again,

  • Timothy

    hello my name is Timothy from Lyman high school you presented to last week. thank you for the presentation, and telescope you gave us. I hope it will last and I don’t have much of any questions right now, so if any I will ask later.

  • Locutus of Borg (Eric Hill)

    I would like to extend a mote of my appreciation. To manage a minimalist approach while attaining ones goal shows a drive towards efficiency and practicality of which I consider noble and forward thinking. It will be a pleasure to contribute to this project.

  • OpenGimbal

    Thanks every who has written in with their words of support! I just updated the GITHUB magsensor branch (the most important branch) to include the file Arduino_cantilever. It’s the file that runs currently on the captain V3’s arduino.

  • Peter Steffey

    I am a student from Lyman as well and would like to thank you as well for the progress on this project and the opportunities it presents. I am very excited to extend your framework with a fresh UX and learn more about arduino (C), javascript, and python programming as I go. I have forked your project for our class on GitHub (SteffeyDev/ogp), and have a few questions about the details of the project.

    In reference to the map, what is the precise purpose of this, and how does it work in conjunction with the chase function and/or manual control? Is the map positioned absolutely or in reference to where the camera is when you start? How does this lay out in 3D space?

    Also, how are the white/red circles on the image supposed to function, and how does this work with the chase function? How do they relate to the white box?

    I’m sure I will have more questions as my fork progresses, but I will try to figure out everything I can from the code first.

    Thank you so much for your time and devotion to this project,
    Peter Steffey

  • OpenGimbal

    Thanks Pete! I’ll try and answer you succinctly.

    1. the mapping function directs the bot to take a grid of pics by mechanically moving the scope back and forth horizontally. The gridding method starts wherever you choose to hit start. If no blob is found in the pic then no pic gets saved into the image folder and therefore no thumbnail is shown on the client side. If a pic has a “blob” in it then the center of the blob gets cropped out and presented as a “thumbnail” on the client. So, when it hits a star in the grid the star shows up brightly on your readout.

    2. White and red circles indicate two different methods of obtaining a “blob centroid”. When you start the chase method, the centroid is essentially pulled toward the white “site-square.” You can move the white square (using the directional triangles) so that it indicates the position of the main-scope “keyhole” of vision. Otherwise its pretty useful for just centering a bright object thats been “acquired.”

    Hope that helps. Feel free to ask as many questions as you can come up with…. and thanks again!