Re:Lap tops and observatory use

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Posted by Dave Jones at 14:20 on 2012 Dec 20

Hi EricAt my local observatory (Norman Lockyer, Sidmouth Devon) we regularly use our laptops outside for our member’s telescope and camera control.We all use boxes to keep them in, large plastic boxes from a well known stationers, and if you can get one with clip on lids they are even better.We drill small holes in the sides for cable entries and have the box on the side so the lid is at the front. Once we have done all our setup and start imaging we snap on the lid and the residual heat from the laptop keeps the temperature high enough inside to prevent dew or frost forming. (it also helps to keep light pollution to a minimum if there are lots of members imaging or observing at that time)HTHDave