|SatNOGS Rotator v3|
|Latest Release:||Torx Flathead (v3.0.1)|
v3 marks a major re-haul of the SatNOGS Rotator design, with learnings from v2 applied. You can see a lot of the thinking and background research that was conducted prior to v3 development in this thread.
|SatNOGS v3 Rotator|
|Non Printed Parts approx.||345|
|Controller Electronics||SatNOGS Rotator Controller|
|Type||AZ/EL (possible X/Y)|
|Motors||2x NEMA 17 Stepper or 2x DC Motors|
|Frame Material||Aluminum T-slot 20x20|
|Speed (deg/sec)||6.5 (Stepper motor), 20 (DC motor)|
|Torque (Nm)||~26 (Stepper motor), ~64 (DC motor)|
|Dimensions (mm)||306.5x197x142.5 (AZ/EL)|
3d Printing at a Fab Lab or your local hackerspace: If you don't have your own 3d printer, then a local Fab Lab or hackerspace may be able to do it for you. Fab Labs and hackerspaces are places that have invested in the machinery and you can take the designs to them. Generally they need .stl files to import into the software that runs the machines, but this should be discussed with the Fab Lab or hackerspace. You then pay for the material, time or a combination of the two for each of the parts or any other agreement in place.
Most people building the rotator have had success builds with simple ABS material for the 3D printing parts.
T Slot - If you don't want to cut the pieces yourself, then you may be able to find a supplier that will do this for you. (Here's one in the United Kingdom.)
Hidden corner connectors - AliExpress gave the cheapest supplier
Beware, the 20-series T-slot from 80/20 Inc. in the US has slots that are only 5.2mm wide. The hidden corner connectors from e.g. AliExpress will not fit.
Stepper Motors - eBay
Belts - eBay
Fixings / Pipe - eBay
- Make sure you have all parts
- Follow the instructions for mechanical assembly
- Once mechanical assembly is ready, construct the SatNOGS Rotator Controller and connect it to the assembly.
- You are ready! Proceed with testing.
Test sequence needed