Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Science (BS)
This thesis puts forward the design for a device called STARS (Scope Temperature Auto-Regulation System), which is an advanced yet affordable solution to the problem of moisture condensation on small telescope lenses. A design is achieved which can precisely control the temperature of a resistive heating band by driving power transistors with a pulse-width modulated signal generated by a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller. The device is capable of switching between user-operated and automatic control modes and integrates multiple temperature and humidity sensors to provide a smart solution to a problem that is almost exclusively addressed by the current market using purely analog devices which feature poor feedback and user control.
Hutchison, Tyler, "STARS: Scope Temperature Auto-Regulation System" (2023). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1980.
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