DIY tracking mount..

Started Jan 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
harry cannoli
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Re: DIY tracking mount..

RustierOne wrote:

harry cannoli wrote:

Years and years ago I picked up a cheap 4.5" Newtonian. IQ was quite poor, I quickly tired of it. I tired of it, but I never threw it away, I put in storage (outside storage). The mount still worked, but the motor and electronics were fried. I removed the motor, disassembled and cleaned it. Once I did that I tested it, it worked. Woo Yay..

Getting this thing to work is a good project. I've had nothing but cloudy skies for the past ten days. Nothing better to do.

Here's as far as I've gotten..

Here's what's next..

  • Properly mount pan/tilt head
  • Place mount on camera tripod
  • Grab some stuff from my junk drawer (junk room) and put together battery operated, adjustable, regulated power supply.
  • If motor doesn't cut it, replace with stepper (more torque, tighter control).
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Best Regards,

I plan on taking the whole mess out this weekend and doing some "Proof of Concept" work. If I can get  10 seconds at 400mm I'll be very, very happy.


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