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Old 23-03-2018, 06:16 PM
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"Scopefocus" arduino rotator

Hello all
After having a go at making my own arduino rotator a couple of years ago I hit a roadblock with not being able to make it ASCOM compatible so I couldn't use it within SGP's automated framing.

So I built this one designed by Kevin Sipprell.
http://www.scopefocus.info/home/rotator

This one is ascom and works well with SGP (although I haven't had a weather opportunity to try properly yet).
Video of mine here
https://youtu.be/Xn0GzzGw4bA

In the video the rotator was being controlled via SGP.

Very happy with it and a big thanks to Kevin Sipprell for his help.

Cheers
Jeremy

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Neat, thanks for sharing Jeremy
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Great work Jeremy.

You got me motivated to make one myself but I need to get a manual rotator first. Which one did you use?
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Great work Jeremy.

You got me motivated to make one myself but I need to get a manual rotator first. Which one did you use?
Hello Luka
The scope (Sharpstar 65Q) already had a manual 360 rotation feature. I am guessing that you would need a whole new focuser with manual rotation.
What scope are you wanting to do it on?

Jeremy
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Thanks Jeremy,

I was thinking of my RC8 (and possibly the SW ED80 in the future), and also adding the auto-focusing to both.
Seeing your build I was hoping there was a cheap-ish device that allows manual rotation, but as you said, I may have to get a new focuser.
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Luka,

Telescop Express has a range of 360 rotation adapters you may be able to use.

https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...k-Changer.html
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