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Re: Rotators




I'm actually experimenting with using a toy computerized telescope right 
now (Meade ETX-60).  It has a computerized alt-az setup but the onboard 
electronics allows for updating keps to "observe" satellites as well as 
provides a RS-232 interface to a computer (haven't gotten around to 
building the cable yet) but the mount is plenty strong enough.  I've 
raised the base of it (contains the az motors, electronics and 
batteries) up while holding the tube upright and working the 
handpaddle.  The base along weighs 3-5 pounds and it did it without even 
a groan. 

My idea is to attach an arrow onto it and maybe a counterweight to 
balance things up.  It has no problem slewing or precision tracking, 
it's lightweight and portable (more portable than a G-5400 and tackle) 
and can track satellites portably without the need of a laptop.  Beats 
hand tracking. :)

de Don (KL7EET)

David Donaldson wrote:
> Let me join the question...The Yaesu are great rotors but are there any
> options anymore that don't cost the price of a new rig?  I wish now I had
> not sold my Allient (spelling not right) U-100 TV rotor a few years ago now
> that I want to get back into satellites.
>
> Dave WB7DRU, MN
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org] On
> Behalf Of Thomas M. Webb
> Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2007 8:59 PM
> To: Eric Christensen; AMSAT-BB
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Rotators
>
> The Yaesu 5X00 series (5400, 5500, 5600).  They are in general use in the 
> AMSAT community so there is lots of support.
>
> Tom, WA9AFM/5
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Eric Christensen" <eric@christensenplace.us>
> To: "AMSAT-BB" <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
> Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2007 7:57 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Rotators
>
>
>   
>> I know this is a general question but I'm hoping to get some insight.
>>
>> What's the best azimuth and elevation rotator available these days?  I'm
>> hoping to get some antennas up before the end of the year and this is
>> one of the pieces of the puzzle I don't have any idea about.  Any
>> information would be appreciated.
>>
>> 73s,
>> Eric Christensen, W4OTN
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