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Astro-Smart Computerized Sky Quality Meter System Controller Pro


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Typical Configuration for the SQM-RC-PRO is shown below to be used with a generic observatory with a roll off roof or dome control from remote computer with SQM sensor support.

The SQM-RC-PRO can be setup with your home observatory or telescope mount for trouble-free operation controlled by the user supplied computer interface. The SQM meter sensor as seen in the configuration picture should be mounted outside the observatory, so the user can determine if imaging, visual or technical work is appropriate. The SQM meter sensor cable length is typically 6 feet but can be made to any length based on customer requirements. Simply plug the SQM sensor in and mount the sensor to the location desired on your observatory or telescope mount. Then connect to your PC with the USB/Serial cable provided and launch the GUI interface provided to read and graph MPSAS and NELM readings continually or when desired. The SQM features include a graphical reporting system on the software GUI which graphically maps NELM (Naked Eye Limiting Magnitude) and MPSAS (Magnitude Per Square Arc Sec) over a programmable measurement scale as low as 1 sample every 3 seconds.

Astro-Smart is the innovator of this elegant and convenient sky meter solution to your telescope mount or observatory needs. The Computerized Sky Quality Meter System Controller Pro (Model: SQM-RC-PRO) is an economical yet superior automation solution made available to the amateur or professional astronomer. The Computerized Sky Quality Meter System Controller Pro is designed to be used with any make or model observatory and or telescope mount where the user needs information of the night sky.

The intent of the SQM-RC-PRO is to be used standalone or in conjunction with CDAP-PRO devices. Other forms of this product are available from Astro-Smart combining DEW and Observatory Control as an "All IN ONE" product. But, if you want standalone operation at an economical entry point or want to use a SQM meter product with your CDAP unit already purchased, this unit is for you. Another option available at Astro-Smart is to upgrade your existing Dew controller product to include the SQM feature. Simply purchase the add-on feature and you can upgrade to include this feature if you want DEW control as well.

In the following pictures you can see the SQM-RC-PRO software GUI interface snapshots. Shown first is the Super CDAP/SQM Software integrated SQM and DEW controller GUI Interface with real time data acquisition. The 2nd picture shows the Super SQM PRO GUI interface with real time graphing and data acquisition while the 3nd picture shows the Standard SQM standalone Interface.

Since the inception of this unique product at Astro-Smart, the SQM-RC-PRO was many years in the making, over long periods in astronomy using existing products on the market, identifying their weaknesses and limitations before making the product you see before you. The SQM-RC-PRO is finally here!!! The Astro-Smart Computerized SQM Sky Quality Meter System Controller Pro is designed to be user friendly, serviceable, elegant and reliable and includes the following features:

  • Worry Free Warranty Program For Life Of Product Sale.
  • Full Computerized Sky Quality Meter Sensor Solution.
  • Support for SQM Sky Quality Meter Sensors to measure MSPAS and NELM. 0.2 mag/square arcsec accuracy. 2.5mm jack style interface. Custom length of sensor cable is available. Standard length 6 feet.
  • USB/Serial interface with PC GUI Measuring Software With Night Sky Advisory Capability.
  • High quality design employs multi-layer PCB form factor and only the best quality components with conformal coatings for outdoor use.
  • Price point set below development cost for such a system while providing more features.

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