Perhaps that is what is causing the bad astronomy weather. Usually, it's the purchase of new equipment that invokes the cloudy sky curse.
This is an update to my "It's Round and Red" blog post.
|Joystick Prototype Circuitry|
I've been busily putting the joystick controller and its telescope interface into their respective project boxes.
Designing and constructing the electronics, and writing and testing the software was fun. Now it is time to button everything up so it is usable outside, in the dark, and under the sky.
This is the part of any project that I like least. Boxes are hard.
First, the joystick. It fits tightly into its project box. The mechanics of the joystick are comparatively huge. I elected to put the joystick in the box and mount everything on and around it.
Visible are the display controller, the microcontroller board, and the speed selector knob. Oh, and the huge joystick assembly. Not visible are the Bluetooth interface, the lithium ion battery, and the battery charger circuitry.
The barcode showing toward the front of the box is on the backside of an expended gift card. It is used to create a compartment for the display controller. These little plastic cards make great construction material.
Here is the joystick box buttoned up and powered on.
|Joystick with Display|