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    Default Building my equatorial platform!



    I love my dobsonian and I love star hopping. Tracking my object, however, is a nuisance. It doesn't bother me much, but it is annoying when trying to view planets at high magnification. I decided to build me an equatorial platform for my dob.

    I have spent quite a bit of time sifting through many pages trying to figure it out. I understand the math and the concept. I have even designed the platform except for a few details that I'm just going to have to figure out when I build it, like how much extra space on the base for the motor. My plan on those things is to leave more space than I think I need then trim later.

    I'm not planning on doing photography with it, so I don't have to have everything perfect. Heck, I'd be happy if I get 5-10 minutes of tracking between nudges, but most people say they get 45-60 minutes of tracking and don't need to nudge the tube.

    I plan on using this post so other people can see what I did in hopes they can learn from my successes and mistakes.

    It is going to take me a while because I don't get a ton of time since I have so many other things I do with my free time. But have no fear, I will post pictures. I also plan on doing a step by step discussion of my process so other people can follow.
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    Hi, looking forward to it :-)

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    Default Re: Building my equatorial platform!

    Looking forward to this. I particurally enjoy home brew projects!
    Scopes: Home brew 6" Dob, Orion XT8G, Orion 130mm APO Triplet, Orion 8" f3.6 astrograph, atop a Orion Atas pro AZ/eq-G - Guiding: Orion 60mm f4 scope, Orion 'Star Shoot' autoguider camera, PHD2 software - Cams: Orion MP5 planetary ccd, Cannon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D), BYEOS software, ATIK 383L+ Processing : Regisax, Deep Sky Stacker, Star Tools Assistant: One very large cat


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    Default Re: Building my equatorial platform!

    I LOVE building stuff and am always interested in what other people build, too.

    I'll be following this for sure!!

    Thanks for the heads up!

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