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Dome automation

Started by Andy Campbell, 02/27/2006 08:46AM
Posted 02/27/2006 08:46AM Opening Post
In another thread Ted VanSickle Said:
"Hello Guys, There is a reason that you might want to make the center
of rotation of your telescope lie at the center of rotation of your dome. If you
ever want to automate your dome, the rotation of the dome to keep the
telescope pointed through the opening will be much easier if the center
of rotation of the telescope coincides with that of the dome. That way,
all you must do is keep the slot pointed toward the azimuth of the telescope.
Otherwise, the calculation can be terrible if rotation of the telescope
is not centered on the rotation of the dome.

Well Ted your statement was very prophetic because that is exactly what I want to do. To that end I recently acquired a gearhead motor and controller.I am wondering if anyone has tackled this project already and if you folks have any advice about the installation of this motor.
Thanks Andy

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