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  1. I've just about got used to operating my EQ3-2 by its flexible manual control knobs but I'm increasingly aware of the wobble I introduce each time I adjust them them. So I would seem to be a natural candidate for a set of SW motors. However I don't want to spend £90+ for some 6 volt motors which have a reputation for blowing up hand controls and eating up batteries. I have read the AstroEQ (excellent piece of work by Tom Carpenter!) thread in this DIY section which offers a very attractive pathway towards full control and go-to tracking of the mount. I am therefore particularly interested in avoiding the SW motor drives and making use of some stepper motors with home constructed brackets as a first stage modification. But is there any way I could do this and control the motors in a semi-manual way without needing always to use a laptop running EQMOD etc? In other words, for instance, could a version of AstroEQ be interfaced with a manual control box (especially IR linked) driving stepper motors and offering simple object tracking? I started this as a new topic because I have some difficulty navigating within the AstroEQ 20+ page thread and don't want to distract.
  2. Hello. I just bought an Orion Skyquest. Used and it only had the Tube, and the computer. I had to build my own Base Mount. That took me 6 hours. If anyone needs the parts list and Blue prints to build their own. I have them. Cost was somewhere around $250.00 I used industrial mounting bearings, and the base swivel sits on a 6” thrust bearing. Now that it’s built, I’d like to add a joystick control with some drive motors. I haven’t found a kit, but I have an idea on how to build one, but I’d like to find a kit. If anyone knows anything please let me know.
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