I've got a Meade 2080, fork mounted, LX3 drive - so it tracks but no goto, no slewing. I kind of love it, but because we live in a city, I want to start doing some astrophotography with it, and I have an impatient 6 year old who doesn't like that we can't just see stuff. I'm toying with the idea of deforking the OTA and making my own EQ mount that fits on the existing Meade pier mount I've got.
I'll preface this by saying I have a little electronics experience and am not afraid to solder stuff together. I have a little programming experience, and don't mind a bit of hacking. I've done a bunch of stuff with motors before at work, where we've built custom motion picture film scanners for in-house use. I have a decent 19" x 19" CNC router at work that can easily cut 3/4" aluminum, I've got a small 7x14 metal lathe, and a small drill press.
What i'd love to find is a set of plans that i can use to build my own setup. Has anyone ever put something like this together, with CAD models available? I'd obviously have to design my own interface to the pier, but that's not a big deal.
Edited by friolator, 18 September 2020 - 09:47 AM.