I wonder if this would work. If I put the alt-az mount on the EQ platform and set it to its starting position, locked, could I then treat the alt-az mount as I normally would? After go-to alignment, I would go-to an object and then start the EQ platform to track. If I want to go-to a different object I would reset the platform to its starting position and perform the go-to like normal. I think this would work in theory but I don't have the platform yet to do any sort of testing. I also wonder if I could perform the same operations in Ekos, the only manual process would be to reset the platform to the start before moving to another object. It's not perfect but that would save me a lot of trouble and expenses.

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knro wrote: You can use "SkyWatcher Alt-Az" Driver. I used it just fine with my 16" Orion SkyQuest.


The telescope was on an equatorial platform as well? That's where my issue lies.

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knro wrote: Is this SkyWatcher/Orion? If yes, then you can perhaps get away with using EQMod Mount driver.


There's no major risk of hardware failure since the dob is alt-az and EQMod would be likely sending RA/DEC commands, is there? Your feedback is appreciated.

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Yes, it's an Orion XT12G.

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I have a standard go-to dobsonian telescope that I plan on putting on an equatorial platform. I am wondering if it's possible to use the existing go-to hardware along with the new EQ platform to continue to utilize the go-to functions. I am hoping that something in Ekos or similar software can translate the alt-az go-to signals to work while it's on an EQ platform. The goal would be to simply use the existing alt-az mount for finding objects and then letting the EQ platform track the object.

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I hope this is the right place to ask but I have a standard go-to alt-az Dobsonian telescope. I am in the process of purchasing an equatorial platform for it to sit on. I know that once it's on the platform the usual go-to cannot be used. I am wondering if there is something inside Ekos, or similar software, that can translate go-to signals to the Dob mount while it's sitting on the EQ platform. My goal would be to use the dob's go-to system strictly for finding objects and then letting the platform handle the tracking. I know that there exists hardware modifications that can be used to bring go-to functionality to dobs on an EQ platform but I was hoping that there may be a software alternative. I'm willing to add something like Sky Commander to the mount if I have no other option but I'd rather exhaust my search first. I don't know if anyone else has done something like this since this is such a small section of an already niche community.

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