Recommendations for adding a goto system
Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:53 PM
Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:08 PM
Installing the encoders for an Argo isn't hard. The ServoCat is more involved. Contact the manufacturers: they're very responsive.
Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:32 AM
I had a question about mine a couple years ago, MiniMax from the early 90's, no problem, no charge, still using it!
But it is push to.
Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:21 PM
Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:04 PM
Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:38 PM
Do you want a GOTO and track motorized system, or just a little electronic help locating objects? The latter is a lot cheaper to achieve. The former - GOTO for your Dob - will easily exceed the investment in the scope most likely.
AS far as hand controllers go, I am NOT a fan of Argo Navis. Sky Commander is my strong preference, though more recently I've piggy backed a tablet off of the hand computer and used Sky Safari on the tablet to direct push-to efforts on undriven scopes.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:43 AM
For the price it might be worth building it just to see if it's all you really need. If it leaves you wanting more you aren't out much astro-dough.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:41 PM
Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:31 PM
If the Nexus system works well, that would seem appealing. You can get a second hand ipod touch and velcro it to to the UTA. You'll have a push-to and sky chart all in one.
I have been using the Nexus/iPad mini with Sky Safari as a replacement for SkyCommander for a few months now. At the Cherry Springs Star Party I was able to put objects in the fov of a 13mm Nagler. Pick something on the Sky Safari screen and push till it lines up. The other advantage is if you come across something in the eyepiece it was on the screen and easily identified.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:45 PM