TOSA Web Status

During one of our video sessions whilst watching the T-point run, Chief TOSA Dave mentioned about how it would be nice to see status information of observatory operations in a simple web page.

Since I’d never used Node-Red but had used ASCOM Alpaca via Python I thought this may be the time to learn something new. As I was designing this for Dave I decided to keep the layout, presentation simple along with colour coding in the spirit of Fisher Price toys.

The safety monitor is always visible across all tabs, the colour changes depending on the threshold levels we decide on.

ASCOM Alpaca Weather Conditions

Likewise the main equipment tab displays the equipment status and allows us to select which camera, focuser or filter wheel to monitor.

ASCOM Equipment Status

This project is still very much a work in progress but there is many different ways that the same thing can be accomplished.