I have tried a variety of ways of cabling the observatory over the years. The
latest method is shown at right.
I installed two NEMA boxes on the pier. The boxes shelter the equipment from
dust in summer and snow in winter. The larger box on the south end of the pier holds the various
power supplies required for the observatory. The smaller box on the east end of the pier contains
an Icron REX and various USB/serial port converters required for computer control of the observatory.
Spiral wrap covers multiple wires that are routed to similar locations within the observatory. An
outlet box at the base of the pier provides access to house power.
The flooring is a conductive mat system. During summer, a static charge could
build between the synthetic decking and the pier. At times the discharge
between me and the equipment would halt an imaging session. Since the mat has been installed, I have
not experienced any static shocks. I am hopeful the static problem is resolved.