The next step with improving my astrophotography setup with open source available solutions.
From my point of view, the GOTO controller is super convenient and practical device for use, when I want to look at interesting objects of the night sky, with my own eye through the eyepiece attached to the telescope’s. The ability to quickly select the object using the GOTO controller is very convenient.
With astrophotography, the GOTO controller is not necessarily so convenient. I will admit that, there were moments when it even bothered me.
I decided to exclude the controller from my setup in editing control to Astroberry, with my own solution based on the descriptions available on the Internet for EQDIRect.
The topic seemed simple, but when I tried to build the device, it was not so obvious anymore. Some important information is missing from the web. It’s easy to make a mistake that can be very costly.
Once I had collected all the necessary elements of the “puzzle”, I analyzed and checked the subject several times, build the whole thing together and with a slightly shaking hand, turned on the power.
Luckily nothing exploded 😉
Moreover, everything works and how good!
The mount listens to and executes all commands given to it, by the duo KStars+EKOS, together with the EQMod driver from INDI altogether into Astroberry.
Of course, EQDIRect will also work with ASCOM and other software that requires such a solution to control the EQ6, NEQ6Pro mounts.
It works really nice, even in the conditions of a little frost – checked 🙂
To protect the expensive assembly from damage, my EQDIRect is equipped with several additional current protections, the details of which I will omit, so as not to bore you anymore.
If anyone is interested in purchasing my EQDIRect, please contact me.