This is the wiki containing information all around the OpenAstroTech project. This includes the OpenAstroTracker, OpenAstroMount, Add-Ons and general Astrophotography information. Here contained documentations are meant to be improved and extended by the community. The contents are continuously moderated and validated for correctness by original creators and developers of the OpenAstroTech project. Feel free to contribute and help other makers out there to discover the beauty of the night sky objects.
There are currently two mounts you can build. The OpenAstroTracker (OAT) and OpenAstroMount (OAM). Following is a table to help you understand their differences and which one is the right choice for you. Cost varies based on local prices.
|OAT||3kg||~150-200$||2,5 kg||1-2" RMS||GoTo, Guiding, AutoPA(addon)|
|OAM||12kg + tripod
|~300-500$||5+ kg||0.5-0.7" RMS||GoTo, Guiding, AutoPA(built in)|
OAT is relatively easy and cheap to build. It is mostly limited to lenses and DSLRs. You will not be able to fit a large telescope to it. It is a great beginners project for people looking to get into astrophotography or who want a lightweight mount.
OAM is a more traditional EQ mount, able to fit larger and heavier telescopes. It is very heavy and bulky and the build is very involved, but in return it can rival or outperform commercial mounts.
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