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DSLR Mount for Orion EQ-1 Polar Mount

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DSLR Mount for Orion EQ-1 Polar Mount by lcb Feb 16, 2013
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I'm trying to automate a cheap Orion EQ-1 polar mount with a stepper motor. This is the camera mount with a ring to hold the lens.

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I had this and the EQ1 motor drive parts (available elsewhere on Thingiverse) printed locally through a service. Sizing on the EQ1 motor drive gears and bracket was spot on. Unfortunately this DSLR adapter for my Orion EQ-1 was off dimensionally. Screw holes didn't line up nor did the angled "wings" match up with the printed part. It just wouldn't fit. It's possible it was a problem with the printer/settings but I doubt it since the other parts were right. I ended up getting the commercially available Orion DSLR adapter and will re-visit printing something similar to this when I have my own 3D printer and am ready for a design project.

great work! Did you use openscad for the design?

No, I used an old version of ProEngineer, that's the only thing I have on my computer right now, but I'll be switching to Solidworks soon.