P17310: RIT Observatory Telescope Dome Controls
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An automated observatory makes it easy to observe the stars from a remote location. As time passes, the position of the stars in the sky changes location to which the telescope and dome will move to accordingly not to obstruct the view of the telescope. Currently, the dome at the RIT observatory moves independently of the telescope and requires periodic manual adjustments.

The goals of this project are to facilitate communication between the dome and the telescope to synchronize their motions with minimal user interaction. It is expected that we incorporate existing software available at the observatory as well as existing motors and only add sensors and microcontrollers where needed to minimize additional wire clutter in the already confined space.

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Project Name
RIT Observatory Telescope Dome Controls
Project Number
P17310
Project Family
N/A
Start Term
2161
End Term
2165
Faculty Guide
Dr. Susan Farnand, spfpci@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dr. Jennifer Connelly, jlcsps@rit.edu; Dr. Michael Richmond, mwrsps@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT SoPA, Dr. Michael Kotlarchyk, mnksps@rit.edu

Team Members

From Left to Right: Ahmed Alhurubi, Wilson Quizhpi, Joseph Brescia, Raymond Castro, and Sarah Williams

From Left to Right: Ahmed Alhurubi, Wilson Quizhpi, Joseph Brescia, Raymond Castro, and Sarah Williams

Member Role Contact
Raymond Castro Team Lead, Mechanical Control Lead rdc4595@rit.edu
Sarah Williams Mechanical Design Lead, EDGE Master sew5870@rit.edu
Joseph Brescia Electrical Design Lead jab7689@rit.edu
Wilson Quizhpi Electrical Engineer wkq6072@rit.edu
Ahmed Alhurubi Electrical Controls aya3477@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Acknowledgements