September 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Main Yurt & Tent
Jerry Hubbell

Jerry Hubbell / Rappahannock Astronomy Club & Dir. of Electrical Engineering, Explore Scientific

3:00 p.m. — PMC-Eight Technology: Sharing the Vision


The Explore Scientific PMC-Eight System brings a new level of sophistication and precision to the astronomical telescope mount marketplace. Jerry will discuss the details of the technology involved with this new mount system and how it improves on the standard mount controllers that have been available since the late 1990’s. He will further talk about the growing OpenGOTO Community that Explore Scientific has created to share the technology with the wider amateur and professional astronomical community to enable the creation of custom  control system applications that will enable anyone to explore the universe on their terms and according to their needs and aspirations.


Jerry Hubbell has spent the last 4 1/2 years as the Director of Electrical Engineering for Explore Scientific, LLC, and he is the principle design engineer for the PMC-Eight System. He is an active astronomer and is the Assistant Observatory Director for the Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) located in Wilderness, Virginia. His observing interests include Minor Planet astrometry and light-curve photometry, exoplanet observing, and high-resolution lunar imaging. Jerry is the author of two books published by Springer Books; Scientific Astrophotography, and Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers. Jerry is a retired Nuclear Instrumentation and Controls Engineer and Process Computer Systems expert with experience in analog and digital instrumentation design and maintenance, nuclear cyber security, and nuclear protection and control system scaling, setpoint, and error calculations.