Motorized Barn door Mount Kit?
Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:46 PM
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:39 PM
On an unrelated question, I was looking at the Orion EQ-1 mount with the added drive system. Cost wise would be about the same since I would have to buy a drill to do the wood work (mine was stolen last month). What would be a better choice for wide field only? a barn door or the EQ-1 (also looking at iOptron Skytracker since it is kind of in my price range). So, just in your guy’s opinion, Barn door, EQ-1 (drive system) or the iOptron Skytracker?
Posted 24 April 2013 - 05:48 PM
You will need a drill anyway but if working with wood then it is not absolutely necessary, just a slower build. Check local pawn shops amd you may find your drill or a good deal on another one. Garage sales offer the best prices. Last year I found a small table saw (8-in) with an almost new blade for $20. Even tho I have a 10-in contractor's grade table saw the small saw has come in handy.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:14 PM
Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:44 AM
The only reason I can think of to do the barn door is for the fun of building a bare bones tracking mount from found materials. Any kit would have such a limited market that it would have to cost you as much as that used CG-5. 'scuse me, I got'ta tear down the microwave that died yesterday and see what's usable in there ...
Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:08 AM
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:12 PM
If it isn't asking too much, would anyone be willing to guide me in the direction of a way to hook a 1rpm motor to whatever kind of circuit is needed to be able to run it off of batteries? I have to drive 45 minutes away from the city for a good vantage point. I’m hoping to just have to connect wires from motor > circuit board (pre made) > battery pack (and what kind of battery (pack) needed to run the motor effectively). (Forgive the simple explanation; I don't know the technical terms)
Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:39 AM
Thanks for the nice link KevinS
Gary Seronik has a very elegant design and plans online. There is a tiny bit of electronics involved but his plans are very thorough.
Depending on your needs you could just go with a motorless version.