Hi all, this is my second forum I have joined and think I have exhausted the gang on the other due to my lack of knowledge but very eager to learn new tricks.
Background: I have built a motorised satellite dish mount which has 2 motors to pan for azimuth and tilt for elevation of the satellite dish, I have the model up and running and can control the motors to move the dish around, you would all think what more do you need.
I have purchased an ardunio board along with accelerometer, compass and lcd screen. These I am waiting on being delivered and when they do i am venturing into the unknown for me and going to start with the basics of making an led flash and progress from there.
I want to be able to sit the unit down, press a button and then hopefully let the arduino take over and locate the fixed satellite. the satellite is Astra 2 at 28.2 degrees east. To do this I have an understanding that I need to program the board to work with the compass to pan the unit around to 28.2 degrees east. The hard part which is doing my head in is how to get the elevation code/program correct as I caravan around the country so therefore the dish needs a different elevation depending on where I am.
In a nut shell would it be possible to store a footprint of the UK inside the arduino and use a gps module to identify where i am and let the unit work out the elevation angle?
Someone also suggested using an android phone with the dishpoiner app to control the motors but i think this is a million miles away from my capabilities, although the android phone has everything I need but unsure how I would get the arduino to work hand in hand with the phones hardware to control 2 motors.
Sorry or the long question but I am determined to achieve my goal.
Many thanks for your time and replies if any