Unknown 22 Oct 2015

From: Greg Roberts via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:48:24 +0200
Many thanks to Kevin for his attempt at orbit determination for my 
"unknown" and to Mike McCants for identifying the object - nothing 
special -Breeze-M Deb (tank) 10-034C # 36794.  Do not know what I did 
not identify it correctly - must be getting too old for this "job" 
anymore :-((

With all the cloudy weather I have started building a second CoSatrak 
type system - computer controlled GOTO - using a PC and parallel port 
interface and stepper motors but this time driving an equatorial that 
can carry one of several telescopes I have - a 4,6,8 or 10 inch scope. 
So far all going well and just have to improve the polar alignment and 
then I should be able to use it for high altitude satellites and remote 
operation. The original equatorial mount is a  so called CG5 mount and 
came with a paddle that had RA and Dec drive but no GOTO - I did away 
with the paddle and constructed my own electronic interface to connect 
to a PC or laptop. The system is a well proven design by Mel Bartels in 
the late 1990's and I am using his software SCOPE  and uses a DOS 
operated computer -- a little bit "ancient" technology but than I am 
ancient  but as long as it works and produces the goods whats wrong with 
old technology ? Besides I used whats in my "junk box" so cost was minimal.

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