Gemini-2 and Gemini-1 Telescope Mount Controllers
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Here are a few pictures of the Original Version of the Gemini 2 mount controller from Losmandy.
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Front View of HC
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Rear Side of HC

  • The Graphics hand controller is composed of a touch screen on the front and a membrane push buttons on the back.
  • It has it's own ARM processor and communicateds with the main unit over a serial channel communicating at 57600 baud. It connects into the Serial Port 2/Graphic  input jack on the main unit. It also has an Micro-SDcard that holds the Catalogs amd button graphics.  This card is updated from the main unit.
  • It uses the same command set as any observatory program would use to communicate with the main unit.
  • Here is a tutorial of it's complete interface.
  • Click here for an explanation of the Front and back Button Operation of the Hand Controller
  • It does not contain an battery,  It does not have an ethernet address of it's own.
  • This older version of the hand controller uses a graphics card and display not designed by Losmandy, and because of this there are about 4 different versions of this unit's graphics processor.

Main unit front panel

Main unit inside.
  • This is the original design of the Main unit
  • It is the same width as the Gemini-1 unit.
  • It has two power jacks on the side. Voltage ranges is +12DV to +18DC with +16 being optimal.
  • The processor is an ARM 32bit Processor.
  • It has a wired 10/100Mhz speed Ethernet connection, to connect it to a computer. (Preferred)
  • The Graphics Hand controller must be plugged into the Serial Port 2/Graphics Port to function.
  • Serial Port 1 is for a GPS unit or Serial connection to a computer.
  • There is a removable Micro-SDcard that holds all the web interface files and the catalogs.
  • It has an internal CR2354 battery. See changing CR2454 battery movie.
  • It provides an Web Interface using the ethernet Port.
  • It has a USB port that supports Microsoft Windows and Linux.  The USB-A port has no function at this time.
  • To see the pinouts and functions of the connectors click here.
















Page last updated on April 22, 2016
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