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Astro-Smart's Computerized Dew Annihilator Pro Family With Options For Integrated SQM and Observatory Products with Standalone or PC Remote Control Capability  for any telescope. 

(Model: RCOCSM CDAP-PRO, RCOC-CDAP-PRO, RC-CDAP-PRO or CDAP-PRO)


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These products are an Observatory Class Dew Heater Controller With Long Distance Remote Or StandAlone Local User Operation.

Typical Configuration for the RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO, RCOC-CDAP-PRO, RC-CDAP-PRO and CDAP-PRO  are shown below on a ritchey-chretien but can be used with any reflector, refractor, newtonian or schmidt-cassegrain telescope.



The CDAP family controllers  can be setup with your telescope
As-is placed in automatic mode for trouble-free operation or can be controlled standalone or monitored and controlled by computer with the com port interface.


Astro-Smart is the innovator of this elegant
automatic solution to your dew problem. The Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family is one to the most advanced dew controllers made available to the amateur or professional Astronomer and at a price comparable by no other  system on the market. The
Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family is designed to be used with any make or model of telescope which has more features than any other dew control system being offered at a fraction of the cost.  Whether you have a refractor, newtonian, schmidt-cassegrain, or a ritchey-chretien, the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family will solve your dew problems automatically while informing you every step of the way. Its like having a hired dew specialist posted at your telescope 24/7 operating at 12V DC and supplying upto 15 Amps for dew straps. 

In the following pictures you can see Model RCOC-CDAP-PRO, RC-CDAP-PRO and CDAP-PRO systems with common 4 heat channels and coupled temperature sensor  channels(CH1/CH2<--->DTS-12)(CH3/CH4<--->DTS-34). The center ATHS channel is for ambient temperature and humidity monitoring normally placed against the optical tube of your main imaging telescope.  The RC-CDAP-PRO  system adds additional features such as LEDs next to CH1/CH2 and CH3/CH4 show the dew control PWM rate, a low voltage cutoff circuit with LED indicator for power supplies for battery source protection and a fan cool down feature for primary mirror RC's with LED indicators. As an example in this configuration as shown above, DTS sensors and heater channels 1/2 would be attached to secondary while DTS sensors and heat channels 3/4 would be attached to the primary of your RC and or SCT. With the FAN control offering for the primary, any time the temperature of primary exceeds ambient, the FAN would come on and cool the primary and turn off primary heatFor more information on operatoin of this product see the user manual links and video tutorial links on this page. The SM-CDAP-PRO  system adds additional features such as an added SQM meter sensor integrated in this 4 channel differential dew controller to combine SQM an Dew Control in an all in one package with LEDs next to CH1/CH2 and CH3/CH4 show the dew control PWM rate and SQM sensor enable LED indicator . The new RCOC-CDAP-PRO  system is part of the flagship series system which also adds integrated observatory control and rain sensor detection and safety control. The motor contacts switch outputs are rated upto 120V/15Amps. Typical use is 12/24/32V at 1-5 Amps. The new RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO  system is the ultimate all in one flagship system which has all the features of the RCOC-CDAP-PRO plus a sky quality meter (SQM) system which informs the user of sky conditions and a intelligent computer software GUI consultant informing the user if the sky conditions are suitable for imaging, visual, technical work or too just cloudy and or presence of non steady skys due to too much atmospheric fluctuation and reflectivity. The SQM featuers of the RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO 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. Please, see the video links below on these amazing products.

For more information on operation of these products see the user manual links and video tutorial links on this page.

 

RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO

RCOC-CDAP-PRO

RC-CDAP-PRO

SM-CDAP-PRO




                                                        CDAP-PRO

Since, the inception of this unique product at Astro-Smart, the Computerized Dew Annihilator Pro was many years in the making, over long periods in astronomy using existing products on the market to control dew, identifying their weaknesses and limitations making the product you see before you. Features such as Patent Pending Heat Distribution which minimizes heat currents on optics during imaging,  Humidity Measurement, Dew point and Differential Temperature Alarms with automated  decision making on Dew Control, Heat Algorithm Program Selection Updateable Firmware, Computer Control, Intelligent Software Computer GUI interface with Multi-Readout Large LCD and Keypad interface to name a few.   The Astro-Smart Computerized Dew Annihilator Pro are Observatory Class Dew Removal Systems designed to be user friendly, serviceable, elegant and reliable and include the following model features:


The PC SW remote interface snap shot main screen is shown to the left has been tested across multiple PC operating system platforms.   The snapshot on the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family product page shows the left side window with current remote activity of all parametric values, virtual keypad and various graphs to track ambient temperature, Optic temperatures, Power Out per channel,  Dew Point and monitoring of Alarms.  As part of the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family package,  new RCOC-CDAP-PRO, RC-CDAP-PRO, CDAP-PRO,  purchases get the PC SW remote platform for free. Please, contact us for any questions.


The super professional version upgrade of the software increases the capability of your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family to even a higher level.   This includes a data acquisition and processing suite for Multi-Channel Real Time Data Acquisition, Variable Acquisition Rate, Variable Power Distribution Algorithm Selection, Flash Memory Storage Of Critical Sensor Calibration Data, File Storage and Plot Retrieval for Extended Regression Data Analysis including .csv, .txt, .png file formats for easy interface to Office Products(Excel, etc) and a Simulator Trainer Mode. Snapshot shown below.This product upgrade software is available for a nominal  lifetime subcription fee on our purchase page.




Below is the new SQM interface tab for the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family which have purchased the SQM option on any of the dew controller models. The sky quality meter (SQM) system which informs the user of sky conditions and a intelligent computer software GUI consultant informing the user if the sky conditions are suitable for imaging, visual, technical work or too just cloudy and or presence of non steady skys due to too much atmospheric fluctuation and reflectivity. The SQM featuers 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. Please, see the video links below on these amazing products.



 

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New User Selectable Output Heat Power Curve Algorithm Selection and Help Tool....Click Picture and watch new video.


New RC-CDAP-PRO interface....Click Picture and watch video #6.


New RCOC-CDAP-PRO interface....Click Picture and watch video #9.

 

New RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO With Sky Quality Meter....Click Picture and watch video #10.

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The Astro-Smart Computerized Dew Annihilator Pro
for any telescope.

The package contents are shown below with choice of :

RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO, RCOC-CDAP-PRO, RC-CDAP-Pro or CDAP-PRO

 

1. RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO, RCOC-CDAP-PRO, SM-CDAP-PRO, RC-CDAP Pro  Or CDAP-PRO with Dew Point, Humidity, Ambient temperature sensor and Remote Capability

2. One Ambient/Humidity Temperture Sensor Probe.

3. One Fan Output Male to Male 3.5mm Audio Jack Cable(RCOC-CDAP-PRO, RC CDAP-PRO).

4. One RS-232 to USB interface Cable For Long Distance Remote Control Operation.

5. One Car Cigarette Power Adapter With On/OFF Switch Fused. (Note: Pictures above don't show this accessory but it is included)

6. One CD with user manual, CDAP-PRO FAMILY PC Remote Software Platform, Videos, Tutorials and Astro-Smart Sales Brochures.

 

RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO

RCOC-CDAP-PRO

RC-CDAP-PRO

SM-CDAP-PRO

                                                             CDAP-PRO



Optional Accessories:

Optional  standard remote sensors are available (2RSCDDDH-D) to operate differential mode dew removal. One sensor is needed to operate Channels 1 and 2 output and a second sensor is required to operate Channels 3 and 4. These Remote Sensors allows you to control the heating of separate optical elements. For instance, one remote sensor would be placed with your heater at the corrector and a second sensor could be placed on your finder scope objective lens or eyepiece or use two sensors on one large objective with two heater straps control. In these setups, each pair of heaters are controlled by their respective sensor while the supplied ambient temp sensor which comes with standard Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family purchase can be placed on the main optical tube objective for ambient sensor collection. Using these sensors in this configuration  allows greater dew control for the user. These items can be purchased at the same time as you purchase your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family or at a later time.   Please, see our Astro-Stap Dew Straps.

 

Optional  Professional  remote sensors are available (3RSCDDDH-D) to operate differential mode dew removal that are suitable for higher accuracy and faster response in  all  environments  . One sensor is needed to operate Channels 1 and 2 output and a second sensor is required to operate Channels 3 and 4. These Remote Sensors allows you to control the heating of separate optical elements. For instance, one remote sensor would be placed with your heater at the corrector and a second sensor could be placed on your finder scope objective lens or eyepiece or use two sensors on one large objective with two heater straps control. In these setups, each pair of heaters are controlled by their respective sensor while the supplied ambient temp sensor which comes with standard  Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family purchase can be placed on the main optical tube objective for ambient sensor collection. Using these sensors in this configuration  allows greater dew control for the user. These items can be purchased at the same time as you purchase your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family or at a later time.    Please, see our Astro-Smart Dew Straps.

 

Optional accessory that Astro-Smart offers is the rain sensor (4RAINSENSOR-RCOC-CDAP). For use with RCOC-CDAP-PRO or any Astro-Smart Model with custom build option. That is correct. I can add this sensor to all variants of the CDAP-PRO model  as a custom build option to new or preowned models. Goto the purchase page for this option. This sensor informs the user of rain fall when observing remotely and gives the user safety option decision making capability for the correct time to open and closing  the observatory.   The rain sensor can be used for informative purposes or can be used for safety control with observatory operation.

 

Optional accessory that Astro-Smart offers is the SQM(Sky Quality Meter) Standard  sensor (4SQMS). For use with RCOCSM-CDAP-PRO or any Astro-Smart Model with custom build option. That is correct. I can add this sensor to all variants of the CDAP-PRO model  as a custom build option to new or preowned models. Goto the purchase page for this option.This sensor informs the user of the quality of the sky conditions for imaging, visual or technical work communicating with the user GUI interface which gives the user immediate feedback on cloud and sky conditions letting the user know if imaging, visual, technical work or a poor night for setting up your telescope.   The SQM standard sensor provides dual graphing of MPSAS(Magnitude per square arc second) and NELM(Naked Eye Limting Magnitude. See the video for this new amazing tool.



Another convenient accessory that Astro-Smart offers is a right angle mounting brackets (RAMB-DM).This allows your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family controller to be mounted securely on a variety of surfaces.

Another convenient accessory that Astro-Smart offers is a right angle heater connector (RAHC-DM).This allows your heater to be connected to the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family at a right angle. This may be convenient for you to alleviate any bending that you have of your heater connector and wire. 


Another convenient accessory that Astro-Smart offers is the Y RCA heater connector (YHC-DM).This allows your heater to be connected to the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family with more than one heat strap. This may be convenient for you if you want to distribute two heat straps evenly or you need 5 straps on a 4 port system. 




Another convenient accessory for your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family that Astro-Smart offers is a 12 VDC car adapter for operating your  dew heating needs with your telescope from your car rated at 10Amp 12 VDC. (PC12V10AMP-D). This comes with your CDAP family controller. Spares are availble if needed.


 



Another convenient accessory for your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family that Astro-Smart offers is Three versions of power supplies based on your dew heating needs  chosing between 6, 8 or 10Amp // 12 VDC supplies(PS12VXAMP-D).

 

 

 

 

 


Another convenient accessory for your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family that Astro-Smart offers is Two versions of  Larger power supplies based on your dew heating needs greater than 10 amps. 20 or 30 Amp 12 VDC supplies(PS12VXAMP-D). These models will come with power cord input and power cord output with wire guage to support upto 30 amps with 2.5mm power jack fitted to yourComputerized Dew Annihilator PRO family  which is compatible with all Astro-Smart Dew, SQM and Observatory Controllers.

 

COMMUNICATION Upgrade Options:


Note: The Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family controller comes included with a serial to USB-A cable and converter.  The reason, I use the base serial connector on my units is it yields the greatest flexibilty for distance reaching upto 700 feet if necessary to your host computer. With this base serial port, the user can add a varieity of add-on options to produce the range desired. Serial port communication can give upto a 500 foot run if needed which is why I picked this port choice in my design. However, if your communication run is shorter, the USB-B option can be purchased as an add-on along with other communication options are listed below.


Another convenient accessory add-on that Astro-Smart offers is the USB2-B printer port style optional add on interface specifically designed for the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family. For dedicated communication distances less than 80 feet to your computer, the USB2-B option is right for you. You just plug the supplied USB2-B printer cable style cable into your your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family controller USB2-B connector and the other USB2-A end of the cable into your computer or other backhaul interface to your computer(ie ethernet or wireless options)(USB-B-DM). This add on gives the user ability for simultaneous use of supplied standard serial port interface plus the addition of the USB2-B port which can run two remote software applications at once if desired. A video of this feature is coming shortly.



Another convenient accessory add-on that Astro-Smart offers is the USB-3/2 7 Port Astro-Hub optional add on interface specifically designed for the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family controller. For dedicated communication distances less than 50 feet with USB-3 equipment and 80 feet for USB-2 equipment to your computer. The Astro-Hub can be used with your  Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family controller  and other telescope equipment such as cameras, focusers, mount, etc to your computer or other backhaul interface (ie ethernet or wireless options)(USB-3/2-Astro-Hub).
 
Another convenient accessory add-on that Astro-Smart offers is a Ethernet interface specifically designed for the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family. For dedicated communication distances of 100 feet or shorter to your computer from the CDAP-Pro Family controller, the ETHER-DM is right for you. You just plug the supplied RS-232-USB connector that comes with your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family  into the female USB to Ethernet converter. Now, plug in the desired length of ethernet CAT-5 to your remote control computer location to the other CAT-5 termination and simply plug in the USB connector to your computer(ETHER-DM).



A
nother convenient accessory add-on that Astro-Smart offers is the Serial to Serial Extender interface specifically designed for the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family. For dedicated
communication distances less than 500 feet to your computer, the RS232EXT option is right for you. You just plug the supplied Serial Cable into your your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family controller Serial port and the other Serial port adapter end of the cable into your supplied serial to USB-A adapter that comes with your  Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family controller computer or other backhaul interface to your computer(ie ethernet or wireless options)(SERIAL-EXT).


Another convenient accessory add-on that Astro-Smart offers is a RF Bluetooth Wireless interface specifically designed for the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family. For dedicated wireless communication distances less than 200 feet to your computer, the embedded bluetooth upgrade option is right for you. You just connect with your bluetooth capable PC or use supplied bloothtooth adapter and enjoy a Wireless connection thats wire free upto 200 feet of unit separation.This add on gives the user ability for simultaneous use of supplied standard serial/USB port interface plus the addition of the Wireless Bluetooth port which can run two remote software applications at once if desired. A video of this feature is coming shortly.


A
nother convenient accessory add-on that Astro-Smart offers is a RF Wireless interface specif
ically designed for the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family. For dedicated wireless communication distances less than 656 feet to your computer, the (RF200M-DM) option is right for you. You just plug the supplied RS-232-USB connector that comes with your Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family  into the female RF-Wireless Adapter converter which is attached to your remote Computer's USB port. Now, plug in the other RF Wireless interface unit to the RS-232 port of the Computerized Dew Annihilator PRO family and you now have a Wireless connection that supports a RF link wire free upto 656 feet of unit separation. (RF200M-DM).

 

Another product Astro-Smart offers is our Premium Dew Heater Straps.

Astro-Smart is proud to announce the offering of our Premium Dew Controller straps that can be used with the Astro-Smart Dew Controller products and compatible with other vendor dew controllers with RCA jack input to control temperature of your telescope optics, cameras, camera lens, telescope eyppieces and senstive electronics. 

The materials used for these Premium Dew Straps include Industrial Velcro, High Qualtiy Insulating Material to project heat toward the optics and away from the atmosphere, 5 foot power cord with male RCA connector and Power Conductor Current capable of 10 Amps.


The specifications of our various Premium Dew Straps, sizes and pricing are provided by clicking on this  "LINK" provided to our Dew Heater Straps Product Page.Please note that when purchasing the Astro-Smart  CDAP-PRO Family Prodcuts, you can also use the heater straps you may already have.


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1. CDAP Pro with Dew Point, Humidity, Ambient temperature sensor and Remote Capability

2. One Differential temp sensor Probe.

3. One Serial to USB interface Cable.

4. One CD with user manual, CDAP PRO Platform Software, Videos and Tutorials.