[amsat-bb] Astronomy AZ/EL mount for radio use

R. Chastain suenrod at yahoo.com
Sat May 22 14:19:05 PDT 2010

Hi all,
     I'm wondering if anyone has thought of using the Ioptron Mini Tower cube telescope mount as an AZ/EL rotor for small antenna's?

I'm not talking about a permanent installation, but more of a portable setup.

The main concerns I can think of are...

1..The slewing rate not being fast enough to track LEO (Low Earth Orbiting) satellites.

2..The antenna's having too much wind load on the mount. Weight shouldn't be much of a problem with smallish antenna's.

3..Finding satellite tracking software compatible with the ASCOM proticol.

Any thoughts????



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