We used the DragonLAIR roof controller to replace a mess of relays and wires used by a local astronomy club member for their personal observatory. Here’s what Justin had to say:
If you’re an avid astronomer who wants to take your remote observatory to the next level, you’ll definitely want to check out the DragonLAIR Controller from Dark Dragons Astronomy. This DC-powered roof controller is designed to be remotely controllable via a website, Alpaca (ASCOM) platform, making it easy to control your observatory from anywhere.
One of the main advantages of the DragonLAIR Controller is its remote accessibility. Using the controller’s web-based interface, you can access and control your observatory from any internet-connected device, whether it’s a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Additionally, Alpaca compatibility allows you to connect to your observatory roof to your imaging software, like NINA, KStars, or SGP.
The DragonLAIR Controller is designed to work with DC power sources, making it ideal for remote or off-grid locations where access to AC power may be limited.
In addition to its remote accessibility and DC power compatibility, the DragonLair Controller from Dark Dragon Astronomy has another advantage: its DC motor is incredibly quiet. This means that you can control your observatory’s roof without worrying about disturbing the neighbors or the local wildlife.
If you’re looking for a reliable and easy-to-use roof controller for your remote observatory, the DragonLair Controller from Dark Dragon Astronomy is a solid choice.
A local club member needed a solution for taking flat lights for his C11 and 152mm refractor, so we provided a prototype DragonLIGHT flat light controller. Here’s his thoughts on the device:
Dark Dragons Astronomy’s DragonLIGHT flat light controller is an excellent tool for astrophotographers seeking to automate their remote imaging. The controller projects light onto a flat surface, making it compatible with a wide range of camera and telescope setups.
The DragonLIGHT is easy to install and set up, with a compact design that won’t take up too much space in your imaging setup.
One of the key advantages of the DragonLIGHT is its scalability. It’s incredibly inexpensive to scale up, even for very large setups. This makes it an excellent choice for astrophotographers who require a flat light source that can handle both large and small telescopes.
The DragonLIGHT’s web-based interface and Alpaca (ASCOM) compatibility make it easy to control your flat light setup from anywhere. Whether you’re at home or at a remote observing site, you can adjust the brightness of your light with ease. Since it uses standard protocols, automating your flat-taking process is straightforward and simple.
One of the standout features of the Dragon Light is its ability to provide very granular control over brightness. This allows you to have reasonable exposure times all the way from a luminance filter to narrowband filters.
Overall, if you’re looking for a scalable, versatile, and cost-effective flat light source that can accommodate a range of camera and telescope setups, the Dragon Light from Dark Dragon Astronomy is an excellent and powerful choice for automating your remote imaging.