The logic behind Array setup is to have 1 MASTER Array Setup and one or more SLAVE Array Setup(s). For this tutorial we are using 2 Setups on different mini-PCs in Local Area Network. You can also setup a Virtual Machine to handle the SLAVEs.
Single Array Component Setup
To configure an Array, you must first configure the individual array elements. See the Setup section for information on setting up a single system (which will be a component of the array).
When your individual array elements are setup, in all the SLAVE arrays you have to set the mount choice to "Array Virtual Mount".
Note: All the mount options and configurations will disappear, the MASTER Array will fully control the Mount.
Next step is to configure the Array:
Click the Section menu and choose the SC Observatory icon:
The main SC Observatory screen will be opened.
You can find 2 different sections:
- Header : This is the list of all your setups with status information
- Control Box : This section is divided by:
- Array : This is the primary Setup and Control section
- Elements : This is the "single element" control section
- Utility : This is the "single element" utility section
By clicking on the configuration screw in the Array control box, the Array Setting window will appear and you can configure all your elements.
For this guide we use 2 elements, but Voyager can handle more. For additional information please contact the developer.
- The "Array Elements" section is used to link your setups
- The "MASTER" element is on the local machine, there is no need to setup Host/IP address.
- The "2" element is on the second PC, located on the LAN at a specific IP address and port. The default port for Voyager is 5950. If you want to TEST the connection, be sure Voyager is running on the selected PC.
- The "3" and "4" elements are empty.
- The "Default Settings" section tab is used to set the Rotator Absolute zero position and default focus filter for each element
- The "Array Filters Config" section tab is used to set the filter names and offset for each element
- The "CCD Speed Config" section tab is used to set the ............ for each element
- The "CCD Readout Speed" section tab is used to set the ............ for each element
- The "Various" section is used to set timings and limits for array connection and logs
Array Link and Connection
NOTE: This operation will not connect your setup, but only link the Voyager instances.
The screen will look like this: