11/11/13

Open Source Telescope Control

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Telescope mounts connected to computers and stepper motors have been available to the amateur astronomer for a long time, and for good reason, too. With just the press of a button, any telescope can pan over to the outer planets, nebula, or comets. Even if a goto command isn’t your thing, a simple clock drive is a wonderful thing to have. As with any piece of professional equipment, hackers will want to make their own version, and thus the openDrive project was born. It’s a project to make an open source telescope controller.

Right now, the project is modular, with power supply boards, a display board, motor driver, an IO board (for dew heaters and the like), and a hand-held controller. There’s an openDrive forum that’s fairly active covering both hardware and software. If you’re looking for a project to help you peer into the heavens, this is the one for you. If telescope upgrades aren’t enough to quench your astronomical thirst you could go full out with a backyard observatory build.

Danke [Håken] for the tip.

~ http://hackaday.com/2013/11/04/open-source-telescope-control/

09/19/13

Open Carry Screwed Up Again and is Stupid

For me a gun is a tool. It’s a tool of destruction if you mean harm towards me or someone else and it’s a tool of pleasure when going to the range, training and sending lead down the line. Nothing more. Having a gun on my person is never a political statement. That’s bullshit if it yours. To get the the point these “bullshit people” have screwed something up again. It took sometime but open carry-ers using their guns for shock value and political expression have made Starbucks take notice and say, this isn’t working out guys. I’m not entirely sure Starbucks is progun or pro 2A, but they were at least very tolerant. This day and age that’s saying a lot. Especially since so many of there patrons are not. Until now guns weren’t an issue down at the coffee joint, but now open carry-ers have caused Starbucks so much negative press, so many boycotts and most of these guys are douche bags anyways. Now they are saying well guns, eh, not so much. Not in our stores openly. Thank God. I conceal almost 24/7 and I don’t even want to see some person OC-ing.

Here’s a link to the press release: http://www.starbucks.com/blog/an-open-letter-from-howard-schultz/1268

I like what James Yeager from Tactical Reponse had to say, below: