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Merlino Small

PRODUCT CODE: AV-4OBS003
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Dimensions: Length: 1137 mm - Width: 977 mm - Height: 1096 mm.
Price (VAT excl.)7.280,00 €
Italian VAT (22%) incl.8.881,60 €
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Merlino Automation Kit

NOTE: On request, for the Medium and Small versions, it is possible to order the Merlino Dome with the manual opening mechanism only, deducting the costs of the opening automation system kit.
The automation system kit include:

  • Electronic board + Mini PC + Power Supply + Charge Controller + Dome Opening System
  • Motorized Internal Camera for Sky and Setup inspection
  • Rain Sensor or Mini Weather station
  • Solar Panels
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Description

Merlino is the Personal Remote Observatory, designed to be totally "user friendly", allowing a comfortable and efficient use of the telescope, also from remote locations.

All made possible with a maximum of reliability & safety!
The main benefits of the observatory design is its compactness and intuitive use. Merlino is equipped with a PC, a router and a dedicated electronic board that manages an entire series of sensors for complete control of your system, in terms of both functionality and safety. The system is controlled by a custom made software interface that allows the Merlino to be used in a way very similar compared to a typical mobile setup.
For example, many commonly known software applications are integrated into the system, in order to increase the easy of use. 

User-Friendliness is our #1 goal for your Merlino!
Thanks to its compact size, Merlino can be used in your terrace, your backyard garden or nearly any available space. The internal 3G router connects your Merlino to a local area network (Intranet) or via the web (Internet). Of course, internet connection allows you to use your Merlino from a remote location. The Merlino is entirely powered by a 12 volt 18A battery and Solar Panels, which allows it to promptly close the session and automatically recover in case of blackout. This feature enables Merlino to be installed in locations where there are no local power supplies.

The Merlino project solves most of the problems related to the management of a remote Observatory thanks to its special characteristics.

Polar alignment is adjustable by the use of the Motorized Polar Alignment kit assembled on the M-tre mount via Merlino software.

The Merlino also enables to schedule photo sessions using macros created directly by the user, using the macro editor provided as standard equipments.

This allows to automate both the beginning (startup) and closing (shutdown) of several operations. The Merlino is able to autonomously shut down the system in case of unexpected events or problems, thanks to the included rain sensor, thus ensuring the safety and security of your system.

 

 

 Monitored parameters
  • Temperature
  • Rain
  • Battery voltage
  • Internet connection
  • Total management control software
  • Quality of the autoguide star (during imaging)
Merlino comes standard with the following features:
  • Anodized aluminum structure with external cover, roof and panels, made of white color fiberglass.
  • Motorised open/close remote controlled mechanical shutter
  • PC with Windows software (in English language) for the Merlino functions control (no keyboard, no monitor)
  • Electronic I/O control board (diagram attached below)
  • WiFi Router with 3G internet sim device input predisposition.
  • Motorized webcam for internal inspection and visual sky (rain) monitoring
  • Rain detector.
  • Software management system for P.R.O. Merlino and M-Uno mount
  • Insulated, internally wired electrical system
  • Power supply with 12VDC /18A battery & battery charger
  • English Instruction manual in English
 Optional accessories
  • Low profile pier to support the M-Uno mount
  • Motorized system for Polar Alignment (drivers are already available on the E.board)
  • Automatic homing micro switch motor
  • Buffer batteries up to 120 Amperes according to specific needs.
  • Remote electric Focuser for Celestron optics HD 8 ", 25.9", 11" (direct StarGO control)

NOTE: On request, for the Medium and Small versions, it is possible to order the Merlino Dome with the manual opening mechanism only, deducting the costs of the opening automation system kit.

The automation system kit include:

- Electronic board + Mini PC + Power Supply + Charge Controller + Dome Opening System
- Motorized Internal Camera for Sky and Setup inspection
- Rain Sensor or Mini Weather station
- Solar Panels

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