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By Victor Boesen
Hi! I purchased a Raspberry pi 4 4gb not so long ago with the intention of running a NAS and some other stuff on it. I have since then considered the possibility of using it to control the alt/az position of a mount like the Skywatcher AZ GTi with a python script running on the raspberry pi. I haven't purchased the mount yet since I'd like to hear if it would be possible.
A little more information on my main objective:
Weather satellites and radio has recently caught my attention and I'm therefor considering to mount a directional antenna on the skywatcher AZ GTi mount which then tracks a chosen satellite across the sky. The raspberry pi would be running a program that would send the alt/az coordinates to the mount. I have thought about sending the alt/az coordinates through a TCP socket but I'm not sure how I would connect (and if it's possible) the mount to the raspberry pi or the opposite way.
Here's a video of the current software I'm working on:
I've seen people control mounts like the Celestron nexstar ones but it would be ideal to make the small and light weight AZ GTi perform the same job. If you have any experience with the AZ GTi mount and raspberry pi I would highly appreciate your advice:)
Thank you in advance!
Can confirm my second project with the lattepanda has been a success. 😁 Chuffed to bits,
Flashed my az gti to the az/eq firmware
Installed,, CdC, Ascom, eqmod onto my Windows 10 laptop. Plugged az gti eq mod cable from FLO into laptop and azgti, configured to cdc and eqmod,, azgti now controlled via cdc..
Disconnected the laptop,, plugged the lattepanda in its place,, had to reconfigure comm port,, working via lattepanda now,,
Last bit of the project,, install tight vnc on laptop,, put in panda ip address,,
Laptop,, lattepanda are connected to my smartphone hot-spot.
I now have wireless remote desktop control of the panda,, eq gti / eq panda is born,, 😁
since i started work on my observatory there hasn't been much time for AP, but since lunar photography is done in minutes i had a go yesterday.
SW AZGTI with the Skymax127 and Sony A6300 and Baader Neodymium Moon & skyglow filter.
100 frames taken and 50% used to stack in autostackerd.
I need my garage back so am selling my excess mounts.
1. EQ5 motorised on both axis.
No tripod this was mounted ony pier. Tracks well.
£100 Collect only because of weight .
2. An older type Skywatcher AZ goto mount that came with my SkyMax 127. Good condition .
£100 Collect please but might be able to send if you arrange courier.
SOLDto Pitbull ...thanks
3. AZ GTi goto in excellent condition . Still have the box so can send at cost.
The pic shows it with a telescope on it which is not included.
Location just north of Newark on A1
Thanks for looking
mods VB please move
I received the new ADM saddle for my AZ GTi this morning (direct from ADM). I have now fitted it to my AZ GTi mount and my Borg 107FL is now a million times more secure than it was before - its a great upgrade!
Here are the parts received from ADM... The new saddle is longer and chunkier than the feeble standard offering.
Here is the AZ GTi mount before I start the upgrade..
Remove the centre circular cover which is stuck on with a sticky pad underneath. I used a small flat head screwdriver to lift the edge of the tin cover then pulled it off with some pliers (there are the remains of the sticky pad underneath to be cleaned off afterwards)....
Remove the 4 black screws and then the standard saddle pulls off...
Re-use the four screws to secure the ADM adapter plate to the mount...
Use the supplied 2x 1/4×20 SHCS screws to secure the ADM dual dovetail saddle to the ADM adapter plate... (You will need an imperial Allen key)
Test it out with the Borg 107FL...
The leftover standard parts...
This looks a great upgrade, my scope's ADM dovetail fits very securely into the ADM dual saddle and my peace of mind is restored!