Another bright idea!

While we are suffering a surfeit of cloudy nights and the weather has at long last decided to get a bit warmer I decided to try and remedy some of the problems that beset my last session. Because the PHD guiding software conveniently puts the RA & dec lines correctly orientated on screen these could be used to monitor adjustments of the main scope using the guide star image. To take advantage of this I have now made the guide scope remotely controllable (in declination) using a small motor and gearbox courtesy of Maplins. This should hopefully allow me to control the guiding from in the house and make predictable adjustments to the main scope without endlessly going out to the observatory and relying on guesswork....Looks good in theory....Hopefully the next clear opportunity will reveal the truth!

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