[amsat-bb] Re: Tracking the moon

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 30 21:20:00 PST 2009

A camera on the cross boom is useful for lots of things.  I have had one on my setup for years.  It was really useful for knowing where AO-40's S-band downlink was in relation to the many trees that surround my house.  It was also a bit scary to watch the whole rig moving to the wind of a storm, and comforting to know that the antennas were still aligned properly after the storm had passed.

But, I presume you had some protection for those times when a satellite's path crosses within camera view of the sun, right?  I rigged up a solenoid/spring driven shutter in front of the camera lens, as protection, reminding myself to only energize it when pointing in a safe direction.  What did you use?

Greg  KO6TH

> From: vk4tec at tech-software.net
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 02:11:42 +1000
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  Tracking the moon
> Has anyone ever put a camera on their antenna rotators to track the moon ?
> To check the pointing angle etc
> Andrew VK4TEC
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