I hope someone out there can provide some guidance. This will be my first arduino project and hopefully a great experience for my sons. I want tO engage their passion. For science and building things so they don't lose their motivation and sense of excitement. We've done projects, experiments, and creature collecting in the past. But now I'd like to build something with arduino with them. Myself, I'm not smart and barely graduated high schol. So all of this escapes me. But those boys are so smart, so I want to build an arduino controlled camera mount that can track a fixed point in the night sky.
I've been doing some research, and what I've found that I think may be in the right direction includes: 2x Stepped motors for x/y axis movement, 1x stepped motor controller shield (adafit), 1x Arduino UNO R3, some sort of tracking mechanism, USB cable, appropriate power supply, appropriate drivers/software to send code to the UNO, and the tripod.
I think, for the most part, that I can do this with a little help from you folks. So in regards to the tracking mechanism....how? What could I use to gather informaton on a fixed bright star in the night sky, relay that info to the UNO, that would then send commands to the adafit motor shield telling it where and how fast to move to keep the point centered in the tracking mechanism? Would a camera work? I also saw microwave, infrared...and all sorts of tracking things on Google and amazon. Or would it just be easier to set the motors to, once turned on, step/move at a set speed that matches the movement of the stars in the sky? Lastly, once I get the parts put together and the apparatus built I will seek more guidance on programming.
Also, if I am waaaaay off based here or you folks know a better, more efficient or even cost effective way of doing this I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance and I look forward to working with you all.
Very Respectfully, Evan