One of the reasons I never bought a 'good scope' was waiting on the better hardware and software to happen.
I still am of the opinion I'm gonna have to build something to be happy.
Dobsonian scopes are great, and cheaper to make; but ones good for astrophotography are really long.
Higher f numbers are better for detail photography; bright, close stuff will be fine at f4.5, but the depth of field can be poor.
Orion Nebula looks completely different at f4.5 vs f12; check it out.
(perky Marketing Guy voice here)
Let's do a project to build Scope mounts out of damaged MN12 knuckles; new bearings would be perfect as pivot bearings.
If we build a controller to do the tracking, we could use flexplates for the big gear, and modified starter gears for the drive. You would have to mod the drive gears to remove play; or use two flexplates.
A Raspberry Pi could do this easily.
There would be considerable position error in the gears; but, if we put an encoder on it, and measure all that, we can correct for it in programming. Spin it 10,000 times while recording the position, correct for that, and it would be pretty close.
Each one would be unique, lol.
Something that size could move a big scope...
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