Magic valley Astronomical Society Near Space
Balloon Program


Equipment
   Kimberly IGATE
   KD7VKZ Tilt/Pan
   K6ZVA Trailer
   K6ZVA Flight-Tracker
   K6ZVA ATV Transmitter
   K6ZVA Cut-Down
   KD7VKZ Tracker
   Alt/Az -> HA/Dec
   Kenwood TH-D7
Missions

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Magic Valley Hams
It was great fun, but there has been no new balloon activity since 2006, and I don't expect anything new.

KD7VKZ Tilt / Pan


It is almost certain that this project can't be duplicated, but hopefully it can give you ideas on how it can be emulated. The parts used in this project are either found on eBay or things I've had laying around for years. There should be lots of possibilities on things that can be substituded without having to pay full retail for the parts. Older equipment will be easier to modify than new stuff. The equipment I used was current in the mid eighties.

   

The Plan

The Plan

The goal of this project is to build an antenna and camera mount that can track a balloon payload. I am taking the easy way out and using GPS data sent from the balloon package to determine how to point the antenna. I also hope it can be used for astronomical imaging.
   

The Tilt/Pan Head

The Tilt/Pan Head

I did not know how lucky I was winning this particular tilt/pan head on eBay until I took it apart to clean it. I also added internal wiring for two cameras, with lens control for one.
   

The Electronics

The Electronics

The motors in the tilt/pan head are 24 volt, and luckily the reel motors in some old tape drives I have are the same. I plan to use the servo amplifiers from one of those drives for the tilt pan head. I've already pulled one out and worked out the schematic. Next I'll apply power and see if I can make it work the way I want.
   

Balloon Tracking Software

Balloon Tracking Software

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Astronomy Software

Astronomy Software

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