CCDAstro, Inc. Presents
Rolling Roof Computer Interface is a micro-controller powered device that will automate all aspects of a Roll-Off-Roof-Observatory (RORO). This innovative device makes remote control of a RORO convenient and easy. It does it all, including parking the mount, detecting rain events, opening/closing/stopping the roof, and more.
RRCI is an electronic, computer controlled device based a PIC microcontroller (PIC16C56 from Microchip Technology Inc.).
RRCI will actively control the operation of a roll off roof observatory via a computer interface. Moreover, RRCI is capable of reacting to inclement weather events or programmed user scripts to open and close the roof and/or automate telescope actions.
ping the roof's movement
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Compatible Garage Door Openers:
Please contact us for custom installations using other types of automatic openers.
Typical Hardware Setup:
The 'open/close/stop button wire (2-leads) connect to lugs 1 and 2 on the motor panel, or directly to the manual button.
Roof Controller Setup and Initialization Procedure
1. Ensure that all cables are connected.
2. Turn on the power to the telescope
3. Turn the Roof Controller on.
4. Start the Watcher/Roof Controller Software either as a stand-alone program or select it from an ASCOM program's 'Dome' chooser.
5. If you receive an error during the Roof Controllers initialization process make sure you have select the correct serial port.
Roof Controller Setup dialog box:
Only available comm ports will be displayed in the drop-down box.
Select the port that is connected to the Roof Controller
Roof controller Main Window:
Click this button to manually open/close the roof
Click to link the Roof Controller to the selected comm port
Close the Roof Controller setup window (note: this is disabled when connected via another ASCOM program)
Displays the setup dialog box.
Check to allow moving of roof during bad weather, overriding the sensor and failsafe system.
Don't Auto Close:
Disables watcher that detects scripts have ended and begins shutdown sequence.