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Ettu
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Computerizing a 16" lightbridge
      #5634914 - 01/21/13 12:55 PM

I'm considering computerizing my Meade 16" lightbridge. I have a perfectly fuctional LX200 classic platform that I'd like to put to the task. I'm afraid though that with the unramped start/stop, the slowest slew speed will still be too much for the mass of that scope. I'm considering manual pots for each motor, but that's risky and tedious. Any thoughts?

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Keith
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http://www.willowberry.net/keithnk_m42/


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Ettu
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Re: Computerizing a 16" lightbridge new [Re: Ettu]
      #5637127 - 01/22/13 03:10 PM

Hmmm, I'm wondering, is there a more applicable forum for this question

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Re: Computerizing a 16" lightbridge new [Re: Ettu]
      #5637484 - 01/22/13 06:14 PM

You may want to try in the Reflector fourm..There are some
post's about adding go-to to Dobs. Or atm-DYI form.
CS


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Re: Computerizing a 16" lightbridge new [Re: mega256]
      #5637639 - 01/22/13 08:03 PM

Do you want to drive it or just point it? Improving the pointing is relatively easy, driving is another matter.


Edited by jgraham (01/22/13 08:05 PM)


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Re: Computerizing a 16" lightbridge new [Re: mega256]
      #5638810 - 01/23/13 12:12 PM

Thanks CS, I may try this question there. Especially if there's been some discusion of, or someone has done this. The GPS versions of the Meade LX200 platform has ramped start/stop GoTo, and that would likly work so perhaps someone has done that, but unfortunately I don't have that version setting unused and collecting dust like my classic rendition is.

John, I want to be able to slew (GoTo) to varous targets. The Azimuth drive may be able to handle the bulk (and that's a big maybe...), and I have stronger doubts about the Alt. Once on target, tracking I'm confident it can handle. There are work arounds I can think of, but of course if someone has already done this, and worked these issues... that would be nice to read about


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