NEIAC & NEAF 2018

It’s been a long time since the last update.  I haven’t had much time for posting, or astroimaging, but I hope to improve both soon.   I’ve just gotten back from the 2018 Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference (NEAIC) and Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) in Suffern New York.  Lots of ideas to think about and ways to improve my astroimaging processes.

If I had to decide, I’d say the main trend this year that I noticed was a move toward microcontrollers.  The Raspberry Pi and other ARM microcontrollers showed up in a few forms controlling the mount, camera and guider.  There were also some controllers using an embedded version of Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT (no longer called Windows Embedded).

The ARM based units require Linux software and communicate to equipment through INDI drivers.  The Win 10 versions can use trimmed down versions of the usual Windows applications and communicate through ASCOM drivers.

Other talks included SpaceFab’s soon to be launched satellite (including “Space Selfies”); the recently launched NOAA GOES-R  satellite; education outreach discussions; time-lapse photography of the night sky; NEOs – near earth objects and many other topics.