by rkm87 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:35 pm

Hi Folks,
I'm brand new (not started yet) to the Arduino world and want to buy a
starter board/kit/peripherals. Ultimately an Arduino board will control my
12v stepper motors for a telescope drive, but I know I must start at the

First: Your starter packs are based on the UNO r3 board and I'm going to go
through as many of your tutorials as make sense to my applications... and
those that are just fun as well.

Question 1: Is there an advantage to starting with a Mega 2560 r3 or the DUE
board and creating my own "Starter Kit"?

Question 2: Will I be able to use your tutorials with any/all of these
boards without confusion on my part? i.e. shield compatibility, sketch
coding, and peripherals

Thanks in advance for the help,
Last edited by rkm87 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:14 am, edited 1 time in total.
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:20 pm

by adafruit_support_bill on Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:42 pm

The UNO R3 is the best board to start with. The Mega and Due have more pins, but are not 100% compatible with all libraries and shields. You are better off starting with an UNO and moving to the bigger boards only if you need the additional capacity.
User avatar
Posts: 25319
Joined: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:11 am

by rkm87 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:49 pm

Thanks for the quick reply!
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:20 pm