View Full Version : Clock drive?

January 7th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Looking for a simple clock drive that attaches to full size tri-pods or even a tri-pod with a built in clock drive for cameras. For shooting star formations and milky way shots on long time exposure shots. the idea is to leave the shutter open for several minutes while the camera follows the star formation in synk so as NOT to get the streaking effect of the stars in motions. Any ideas?

January 8th, 2010, 07:50 AM
Never heard of such a thing. I think there is an astronomy kind of place somewhere here in Denver that might be able to speak to it, but their name escapes me right now.

January 8th, 2010, 08:47 PM
a lot of telescopes come with "Go To" motorised tripods that automatically follow the stars or planets motion across the sky so the planet your looking at stays in the same place in the eye piece. Its usually called a clock drive because it moves so slow like the hour hand on a clock that in a telescope tri-pod it slowly rotates the tripod base in synk with the star movement or planet accross the sky.

January 8th, 2010, 09:13 PM
I HAD a writeup on how to build a really bitchin one but now i cant find the damn thing...its buried somewhere in about 1.5 terabytes worth of hard drives... :rolleyes:

The search continues...

January 9th, 2010, 11:42 PM
so i've done a lot of research and hunting on the internet the past few days and I think the best and even cheapest way to go is to buy a "Go To" telescope or motorised telescope and attache the camera to it.

Been thinking about these guys as possibles

or a refractor type

or I could just buy this
attach it to my current non motorised telescope and get some real close up shots of the moons craters.
Its a 118mm reflector telescope but manual equatorial mount

January 10th, 2010, 08:35 AM
I think you would now be the expert on this around here. Sorry we can't help more.