From: email@example.com (hpwallner) Thanks Mike for a great website. Thanks also to Steve Bedair for his original article on DS powered mount http://www.weasner.com/etx/archive/dsJun00.html. This is a bit off topic but it shows how powerful the combination DS-motors + Autostar controller really is. The parts you need are: 2 DS motors 2 22-tooth nylon gears 1 Meade computer terminal block You can use these parts from any DS-telescope. I have received many e-mails on my first version of my Autostar powered -SP mount. It seems that there are many EQ5 mounts out there and most of the questions were about converting these mounts. I`m quite sure that it`s possible. Please contact me if you have a question about converting EQ-mounts. The hardware part: 1) Attaching the nylon gears The SP mount has 6mm shafts. I glued the nylon gears to the shafts (photo).
2) Attaching the motors I used a very simple method. The motors are attached to aluminium angles using double sided tape and a special tape (which are used for repairing water tubes). This has a good side-effect: the vibrations from the motors are dampened. (photo) 3) Declination block To allow the mount free rotation (3600) I have mounted a wooden block (multi-layer plywood) between the dec. and rec. parts of the mount using 4" screws 70mm long) The software part: 1) I use the altaz mode (LX90) in the Autostar-settings. The alt. and az. ratios have to be changed to 3.30077 -the mount has a 144 -tooth worm gear opposite to the 60-tooth DS-gears. The mount works like a charm. GOTO accuracy is amazing -it puts objects on my webcam ccd chip (ToUcam Pro)! And I can use it with different telescopes like my little 76mm Borg refractor. Anyone interested in more detailed pictures and technical details can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Peter Wallner (11.405E 47.256N)
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