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New DarkStar Solar Tracker Android Application -- Dark Blue 2.0

Screenshot of android application

We've published version 2.0 of the DarkBlue Android application for use with our Dark Star dual axis solar tracking controller. This version really makes setting up and monitoring the Dark Star controller an easy and fun experience. Installed users should get update notifications through Google Play Store services.
The DarkBlue application uses the smart phone's Bluetooth module to communicate with the Dark Star controller and provides a full featured configuration utility.
The new version features a completely revamped GUI and color scheme.

Dual Axis Astronomical Solar Mega Tracker Video Series

We now have six part video series to introduce the dual axis astronomical solar tracking Mega Tracker. All the the steps in setting up the main axis (most of which is identical for the elevation axis) are shown in full detail.

Dark Blue and Dark Star 2.0 Solar Tracking Controller

First there was the Tiny Tracker. Soon followed by the Tiny Tracker HD.
Then came the Track'n Park which introduced a programmable parking position.
Then came the Dark Star -- Dual axis Remote Controlled Solar tracker and remote sensor
It used a 315Mhz remote control with 12 buttons, but that was so '90s and just another thing to have to keep track of.

Bicycle Tracker - Part 4

Bicycle Frame Dual-Axis Solar Tracker
Back side of bike frame solar tracker

This article will complete the process of assembling and setting up the dual-axis solar tracker. The last steps involve: sand and paint, assemble, setup, electrical, and calibration. I followed a philosophy of keep-it-simple where possible, and found the process went quite smoothly. It took approximately four days to finish, though I wasn't in a hurry.

Bicycle Tracker - Part 3

In the first two parts of this series, I covered the actuator geometry and altitude and azimuth actuator mounts. This article will look at the frame for supporting the solar panels, and also discuss the welding process.

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