Even in today’s product-rich society, it is still possible to find practical projects to add another dimension to this fascinating hobby.
Astrophotography is not one hobby but many. For those with a practical nature, the summer is a great time to process images, organize things and develop various widgets that make life easier and more reliable. The Astrophotography Manual has several practical projects that cover a wide range of practical abilities. These are detailed on the website and are largely self-explanatory. In addition to some of my earlier gizmos for use with non-robotic single-axis mounts, here are some more that are suited for those starting out and keeping to a budget.
Simplified Geared Head
In the early chapters, ...