We are an Astronomical club offering observing opportunity’s to the general public once a month and because these sessions are now getting very popular we are looking into ways we can accommodate the many people who want to have a peek through our instruments. One of the thoughts were that we replace the telescope eyepiece with a camera and connect it remotely, or by wire, to a monitor or computer screen indoors such that many people, wheelchair users and the less infirm can view what the telescope is focused on.
Has anyone got any experience of such a setup with advice on how it could be done?
The telescopes used for our outreach sessions are a Celestron 11GPS SCT, 8″ Newtonian, 8″ SCT, Refractors from 60mm – 120mm.
Here at the Norman Lockyer Observatory we have a wifi signal that reaches our domes and the surrounding grounds outside. Folks with telescopes set up as well as those imaging from the telescopes in the observatory can transmit their videos/ccd images to our lecture theatre projector via Radmin, Anydesk or Teamviewer, so people can watch in the warm! Sadly, not at the moment because of Covid, but we can still broadcast via Zoom.