8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
Quote:Reasonable-cost absolute encoders on both axes.10Micron already does this, but I'm thinking even cheaper encoders like the Renishaw LM10 magnetic strip encoders (the 1000HPS which has the same capacity as the Mach1, costs more than the Mach1 - and that's entirely due to the encoders I'm fairly sure)
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Quote:Would simple home switches be accurate enough to maintain alignment? They need to be accurate to about an arc minute of movement on each axis.
Quote:As for connections becoming obsolete, the good thing about USB connection is that all the new connections have been designed to be backwards compatible with the previous standards.
Quote:Obsolete drivers are a separate issue compared to choice of connector.
Quote:You can have a serial port device, but if nobody writes a control program for it for windows 7
Quote:Besides, that is also where my proposal for a unified mount driver standard comes in. It allows anybody to write drivers for the mount.
Quote:I also disagree about rs232 just working. Try operating an RS232 rotator without software written for it. You would have to have write your own software for it,
Quote:you are a skilled programmer so you can do that,
Shane in black-zone New Mexico'Fracs, Maks, Newts and Schmidt-Newts, 3.1"-10", f/4-f/13. Alt-az and GEMs.
Quote:In terms of the complexity of software and devices with usb - I make devices based on the PIC18F4550 microcontroller, which has a USB stack and voltage source built in.
Takahashi FS128, TSA 102, FSQ106N, Losmandy GM-8, Baader Mark V, Leica ASPH, Takahashi, Ethos and Panoptic eyepieces.
Quote:You guys are too sophisticated for me. I'd be happy with simple slo-mo controls that don't interfere with tracking and a worm block design that makes adjusting backlash trivial (in the dark, even!). Oh, and rotating rings for Newts.
G11/Gemini-2/OPWB Canon 60D (unmodified) with 18/55mm kit lens and "nifty fifty" lens Assorted M42 screw mount lenses (28mm thru 300mm) Celestron 102GT refractor (Costco special) 8/10 inch astrograph someday. DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 StarTools 1.3 http://www.astrobin.com/users/StarGale/ http://everettastro.org/
Quote:Surely we just want a simple, reliable, "transparent" in use, user serviceable, well made mount made by somebody who gives good customer service.On the other hand, maybe I'm talking about a much earlier generation of mounts! Ah well, move along, nothing to see here
Deep Space Products
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Quote:If I could ever settle on one scope , this is what I would have in a really nice observatory: MI500 fork mount. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
Quote: MI500 fork mount. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.