Stepper motors work. You can actually see it turning two real sat antennas on a 4 foot cross boom and it is not as big as a bike. No obscure parts used.
http://www.tomdoyle.org/satellite/SatTrackerRotor.html W9KE Tom Doyle
On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 1:17 AM, Lizeth Norman [email protected]wrote:
Gus and all: Had a bad experience with a stepper motor based 3 axis mill project. That thing had a mind of it's own. Definitely needed the big red kill switch every once in a while.
The choice of a position sensor is as much as what you can get locally that meets the need as what will work.
Three turn pots are necessary unless we want to limit rotation to 360 degrees. Easy enough to in satpc32. Also, not all pots rotate 360. Some only 320, some less. The more expensive pots have much greater possible feature set. The Arduino does not care what we use.. What sort of position encoders are available in your local surplus store? How about available as salvage from other gear??
Am going to Peru towards the end of April. What's available here and what's available there are two different things. Last time I visited, a few OT's and I had a conversation regarding exactly what we have been discussing, namely an inexpensive full featured satellite station using mostly homebrew for super cheep.
On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM, Gus [email protected] wrote:
On 02/28/2013 11:24 PM, Lizeth Norman wrote:
A stepper still needs some sort of position feedback..
Steppers rotate a predictable amount with each step. To calibrate, the software only needs to count steps from one limit switch to the other. Then, by keeping track of step count (+/-), it will always know exactly
far round the turn it is. It can store last position in NV RAM or
so as to avoid the need to recalibrate on every startup.
Unfortunately, I can't think of a common source for surplus steppers of useful size. And driving them is slightly more complicated than firing a relay to a DC motor.
OK, why do we have to use A multi-turn pot? Why not just an ordinary
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