I hope this is the correct forum to pose this question in, if not I trust that the Mods will move it to where it belongs (and I of course apologize in advance).
I have decided that I need to take photos with my scope. I have this big 10" Behemoth sitting here that can capture lots of light and I am only looking through the thing. I feel like I am only using it for half of what it can do. My problem is that it is a Dob, so it can't track.
I could either buy another scope (I'd love an 8" Celestron SE), but I think Mrs. Thermodynamics would not care so much for that option. I could save myself a lot of the swearing and blood loss that comes with most of my do-it-yourself projects and just buy an equatorial platform, but a fully built model costs almost as much as the Celestron scope that tempts me. Or I could build one myself.
I sort of have a visual image of how one of these platforms work (in concept). I still don't have my head around many of the finer details, but I think (hope) I should be able to work those out as I go. The one thing that concerns me is the motor, I have never done anything with a motor before and I have no idea what type to get much less what to do with it when I do get it. I have no clue how to make the motor move at the rate I will need it to.
I want to use the most simple design out there with the least number of components possible to limit my opportunity for error.
If anyone has any advice, suggestions, links et cetera...you have no idea how welcome they would be at this point. Many thanks in advance!