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Satellite Dish Solar Tracker Project Info, Ideas, Details
Apr 19th, 2012 at 2:01pm
 
Some people are using old backyard satellite dishes for solar tracking.

These are easy to get because people now want them out of their back yard and you can pick them up for free if you are willing to do the work to remove them.

Feel free to post information you have or your experiences with using a satellite dish as a solar tracker.

One of the things you will need to know is how to wire up the actuator arm motor.

It's easy to remove the back cover, just be careful to not damage the water tight seal and remove it slowly.

The two thickest wires are usually the motor wires but you should confirm that by removing the cover and checking.

The other wires are for a magnetic sensor that detects rotations of the motor so the satellite controller box knows how far the dish has moved.

The two other sensors you will need are two limit switches mounted somewhere on the tracker so that they trip when you reach a W or E limit.

Attached here are two pics I found showing the inside wiring of the satellite dish actuator arm motor area.

Tracker schematics and other cool stuff can be found at the Red Rock Energy website.

http://www.redrok.com/
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