Hey guys, I want the ability to image with a DSLR and a lens, a tracker is the best option for that I guess(portability is also a big part of it).
Obviously there are the common iOptron SkyGuider Pro and the SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Pro(there's also v2 or something like that now with wifi...).
Anyhow, there are tons of 3D printing projects for similar trackers, for example like this:
But I'm wondering about the quality between a branded one and a DIY one. This is a tough question I guess, cause a DIY project is up to the maker mostly, but I'm wondering about the differences between the DIY project I shared above compared to the skyguider or star adventurer.
I was not able to find any actual comparison between the 2, which is why I'm asking here for your opinions. The total price for me for a star adventurer for example is around $400 including shipping and fees, the DIY project total cost is around $40 or even less since I already own some of the needed materials.
Canon 750D, Equatorial mount, Canon 18-55mm stm (at 27mm), f/4, iso1600, 196s(THIS IS FROM THE LINK, NOT MINE):
So that looks nice and all, but that is with 27mm(or around 43mm if you consider cropping for full frame), I'm wondering what would be the limit with such mount for higher focal length. The ideal focal lengths for me would be up to 200mm (full focal length), I also own a SharpStar 61 EDPH II which is 275mm, I don't expect it to handle it tbh, but I do have some hopes of that.
One of the issues I have with this specific design is polar aligning. While it is 'fine' for normal uses maybe, that might make a difference in rather higher focal lengths, which is why I thought of building my own design using a better stepper motor, and building it around the spare EQ5 polar scope I have so I'll be able to more accurately polar align.
Still, I'd like to get some advices from all of you, as your experience is always very useful.
Did any of you try making a DIY tracker? How did it go? Do you have the builds and pictures to share?
Not sure if I should ask it here or in DIY forum, but since it's about mounts...Thanks for the help!