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Guide scope mounting

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:55 pm
by geobike
Most people are using guide scopes instead of off axis guiders because so many more suitable guide stars are available. What would be a nice way of mounting the guide scope is with the front ring mounted to a pivot and the rear ring on a horizontaly and verticaly adjustable mount. This way you can center your object in main tube and adjust guide scope to find a good guide star. If you really want to go all out have the adjustable end motor driven in a search pattern until a guide star is found.

I can always dream :D

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:59 am
by dpanderson
You can get manually adjustable rings at:

I use these and it works great. I too have thought about motor driven adjustments on the rings, and even built up a prototype. It worked, but not very well. I am trying to think of better ways to implement the adjustment mechanism.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Re: Guide scope mounting

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:38 pm
by tommy
Depending on your guidescope and guide camera setup, you might be able to use the Orion X/Y guide star finder ... tar-finder

It's mechanical, like a standard focuser but one could build a automatic motor like the Orion AccuFocus to mount to the x and y knobs and control it via a simple computer program.

Just a thought. Instead of moving the whole guide scope within the mounting rings.