Astro-Smart

Astro-Smart's Computerized Sky Quality Meter System (SQM)  Remote Controller Capability  for any telescope.

(Model: SQM-RC-PRO)

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Typical Configuration for the SQM-RC-PRO  is shown below to be used with a generic observatory with a role 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 featuers of the  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 a economical yet superior Automation solution made available to the amateur or professional Astronomer. The Computerized Sky Quality Meter System Controller Pro  (Model: SQM-RC-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 at 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 on the purchase link and you can upgrade to include this feature if you want DEW control as well.


As part of the SQM-RC-PRO  package,  includes the standard PC SW remote interface tested across multiple PC operating system platforms which controls and monitors your SQM-RC-PRO  with remote activity of all parametric values, virtual keypad and various graphs to track your SQM-RC-PRO  system.  As part of the  SQM-RC-PRO package purchase, 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 SQM-RC-PRO 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.


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 acquistion. The 2nd picture shows the Super SQM PRO GUI interface with real time graphing and data acquistion 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 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  (Model
SQM-RC-PRO  designed to be user friendly, serviceable, elegant and reliable and include the following  features  shown below:


1. Worry Free Warranty Program For Life Of Product Sale.
2. Full Computerized Sky Quality Meter Sensor Solution.

3.
Support for SQM Sky Quality Meter Sensors to measure MSPAS and NELM. 0.2 mag/square arch sec accuracy.  2.5mm jack style interface. Variable length of sensor cable is available. Standard Length 6 feet.
4. Audible Alarms for Sky Conditions and Cloud Prediction.
5. Automated system data logger storage, retrieval and plot comparison capability.
6

Updateable Firmware And Standalone Windows Operating System Graphic User Interface.

7. USB/Serial interface  with PC GUI Measuring Software With Night Sky Advisory Capability.
8. Long distance remote control interface to observatory including Microsoft Windows software interface via remote computer. The SQM-RC-PRO interface supports serial RS-232, USB, Ethernet, Wireless Bluetooth(200 Feet) and Wireless ISM RF(650 feeet) backhauls.
9. Void Of RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) protected to enhance sensor reading accuracy.

10.
High quality design employs multi-layer PCB form factor and only the best quality components with conformal coatings for outdoor use.
11. Dimensions(5.2" Length x 3" Wide x 1.9" High).
12. Price point set below development cost for such a system while providing more features.


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New SQM-RC-PRO Sky Quality Control System....Click Picture and watch video.






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The  Computerized SQM Sky Quality Meter System Controller Pro  for any Roll Off or Dome Observatory!

The SQM-RC-PRO package contents are shown below:

1. SQM-RC-PRO Controller Wtih USB interface Cable.

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

3. One CD with GUI interface, Videos, Tutorials and Astro-Smart Sales Brochures


Optional Accessories:



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


 

Optional accessory that Astro-Smart offers for your SQM-RC-PRO 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 for your  SQM-RC-PRO that Astro-Smart offers is a 12 VDC car adapter for operating your   SQM-RC-PRO needs with your telescope from your car rated at 10Amp 12 VDC. (PC12V10AMP-D).This comes with your SQM-RC-PRO family controller. Spares are availble if needed.


 


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

 


COMMUNICATION Upgrade Options:


Note: The SQM-RC-PRO 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 USB-B printer port style optional add on interface specifically designed for the SQM-RC-PRO. 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 SQM-RC-PRO controller USB-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)(USB2-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
SQM-RC-PRO 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  SQM-RC-PRO 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 SQM-RC-PRO. For dedicated communication distances of 100 feet or shorter to your computer from the CDA-R Family controller, the ETHER-DM is right for you. You just plug the supplied RS-232-USB connector that comes with your SQM-RC-PRO  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
SQM-RC-PRO. 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 SQM-RC-PRO 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  SQM-RC-PRO 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
SQM-RC-PRO. 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.



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nother convenient accessory add-on that Astro-Smart offers is a RF Wireless interface specif
ically designed for the
SQM-RC-PRO. 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 SQM-RC-PRO  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 SQM-RC-PRO and you now have a Wireless connection that supports a RF link wire free upto 656 feet of unit separation. (RF200M-DM).


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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.