I found the Panoptes project while looking for information regarding to begin with astro-photometry.
I was considering het HOYS-CAPS project ( see http://astro.kent.ac.uk/~df/hoyscaps/index.html ),
but that project requires an image scale of about 1.3 arcsec per pixels: today I do not have the proper equipment to deliver images with that resolution.
The Panoptes project seems to be more feasible:
you aim at ( as I computed it) 10 arcsec per pixel images
the iOptron mount can deliver this accuracy without autoguiding
Does it make sense that I step into the programma, starting with a non-robotic approach, but delivering images according your projects’s specifications ?
My feeling is that a lot of amateurs do have the equipment to deliver the kind of images you are looking for.
So it could be interesting to make a clear ‘split’ in the Panoptes project:
1/ uploading and processing of the images needed ( regardless of the details of the equipment used to ‘manage the observatory’ )
2/ the low-cost robotic observatory that can produce images in continuous and unattended mode
I have available
a Canon 100D DSLR
a Canon lens 85 mm f 1.8
I plan to acquire the iOptron CEM25P mount
some basic automation could be done with the new ZWO ASIair module = https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/zwo-asiair ( a Raspberry-style device)
Looking forward to your comments,
(coordinator of solar observers in belgium, delivering solar data to AAVSO)
(volunteer and teacher at Ghent University Public Observatory)