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As a beginner I'm in the process of acquiring all the equipment necessary to start imaging on an EQ3pro.
As we're all experiencing, it's tricky to get your hands on any equipment at the moment due to stock shortage so I've been thinking of ways to keep myself busy in the meantime!
I thought I'd share a project I worked on today that will give me a greater view of the night sky from my covered balcony.
There are some good views from the balcony from East to West but using the tripod severely limits any overhead views.
To bring the setup closer to the edge of the balcony I've built a shelf attached to the sturdy (wall set) balcony itself with a wooden pier for support. The pier itself sits on the balcony floorboards support beam and so there is no noticeable wobble.
I've included an image of the spirit level to show my effort in keeping the mount level.
The mount neatly slides off the feet of the shelf which I'm hoping will reduce setup time (once I have the opportunity to polar align!) The north foot points to magnetic north.
Whilst building I realised I could have saved myself some trouble by using a metal telescopic "chin-up bar", not least from the missis who wasn't too happy I drilled into the decking!
I'm quite happy with the outcome and glad I could get into a hardware store before "tier 4" sets in.
I had a Hip replacement in 2016 and have not been 100% since so I have not setup my CEM60 Mount more than 2 times since then as it is ungainly to haul in and out of the house now compared to before the surgery. I miss my solar imaging and am strongly considering an iOptron Permanent Pier I have not found any videos on how to set it up though. I was also wondering what I should do about running wiring permanently as well or continue to haul it out every setup I do not and can not have an actual observatory so I run the wires from the livingroom laptop out a window (with a board the has 2 strips of foam on the edges and a notch cut in one corner for the wires to pass through. I am not sure if I just want to toss weather/UV proof bags over the mount once the pier is done or buy a small plastic garden shed and hope it does not blow away in a storm.
I also am trying to figure out how to make my window board hold a USB hub setup so I use shorter cables... I designed an idea of what I want based on an old antenna wire window pass through I have for Ham Radio. I have added images of the antenna window pass through and the Minds eye design of what I THINK I want for the Astronomy USB connections. might add a serial to USB port to the board...
Question, is my pier out of level if I'm trying to PA (with asiair pro) and both directions are moving when I adjust the alt bolts? I can't get the mount polar aligned.
Mount neq6 pro
Pier mounted on a concrete slab
OTA c8 with .63 reducer
Camera asi294mc pro
Thanks in advance
As a newbie in AP I recently discovered that astro imaging isn't as simple as I imagined, it's not just "pointing and shooting".
The main point is that I need a tracker that will follow the sky's movement. But after seeing the prices at which decent trackers are sold I decided to see if I could build one myself from spare parts at my workshop. Turns out that I can, using two planks of wood a hinge, an arduino, a stepper motor, etc. So I decided to get to it, I have built the connection between both planks of wood with the hinge, but have now discovered a problem. After some investigation, I realized it's quite commonly named the "Tangent Problem" (the rod forms a 90º angle with the bottom plank). So the solutions offered vary from curved rods to involute pieces of plastic and tilting the rod.
I also saw another solution that was adjusting the speed at which the rod moves, and since I'm going to be using an arduino-driven stepper motor, I decided that this was the way to go. The problem is that I don't know in what ratio the speed has to increase over time to compensate the "Tangent problem".
That's why I decided to pose my question here as I'm sure someone must have done it already.
Sorry for my bad english, it isn't my first langnuage.
Thanks in advance and clear skies,