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Everything posted by mallorcasaint

  1. The handset has a dedicated port and the USB port is separate. I'm not sure if the direct usb connection overrides the HC as I've never used the handset.
  2. With the AZEQ6-GT you don't need a Hi-Tec or any other adaptor. You just connect with a standard USB cable from the USB port on the mount to a USB port on the computer. EQMOD will pick up the connection. I use this mount in my Obsy and that's how mine is connected.
  3. I have read your paper on Arxiv but I can't say I'm convinced. Has it been submitted to any peer review journals? Also, what feedback have you had from reliable sources?
  4. I wouldn't take the Daily Fail as a source for anything especially this flawed idea.
  5. I have two 13.8 v bench supplies in my obsy warm building with 3 seperate runs of 12 volts running underground to the pier. One 12 v supply converst to 5 v at the pier end so all my equipment is adequately supplied and no mains needed at the pier.
  6. I have been using N.I.N.A. for a while now and have really enjoyed getting to grips with the software. Having used several programmes including CCDCiel and SGP I'll say it is the best and easiest I've used. I love how it is easy to set up, frame and squence a target. Using Carte du Ciel, I choose and select my target then go back to NINA get the coordinates in the Framing section then Slew to the target, plate solve in ASTAP then when I'm happy, transfer the target to the Sequencer, set up the sequence, ensuring that Plate Solve and Centre target is selected, and run. It's a stable platform and although there a re a couple of options I would like to see added, It's a joy to use. I think the next update will improve the Sequencer. I haven't really used the AutoFocus function much but intend to when I've got my rig set up properly.
  7. Thanks. The house is an old cow shed. Ha ha.
  8. Many thanks. I hadn't realised that and have now set up several profiles for my varying configurations.
  9. You can only set one profile for each instance of the programme. So basically you have you save a windows shortcut that will open each configuration. There is nowhere within the software to save or load configurations or profiles.
  10. I have normally used Artemis but have dabbled with SGP and Maxim DL. Recently I switched to CCDCiel which I find very good for controlling all my devices, sequencing and plate solving. I connect to EQMOD through Carte du Ciel and so far it all works well. My only gripe is CCDCiel does not allow multiple configurations for different setups although you can save different shortcuts to different instances of the programme.
  11. I've used TeamViewer, Chrome Remote, Anydesk but the one I use now I think is the best. Splashtop. Free for use on the same network and fairly cheap for the Internet version. I have controlled my observatory in Devon from Australia with Splashtop
  12. The point is, there is no need to have 240v at a pier, is there? I am talking about a pier outside, not inside an obsy. What equipment might need 240v? The mount, cameras, filter wheels etc all use DC. It is far safer to run 12v to the pier and it can supply every need.
  13. I have no mains going to my pier outside in the garden. It is not needed. All you need are a couple of Bench supplies (13.8v) in your house/warm room and run 12v to the pier on multiple lines. I then have converters at the pier that drop one of the incoming 12vdc lines to 5v dc for my Quark etc. I also have 4 way cigarette connectors at the pier for tghe mount and other devices. All the cables are run underground in a trench and a 2 inch flexible pipe.
  14. I use a guidescope with my C6 SCT with no problems.
  15. I use the Startech system but my Cat 6 cable is run into the observatory in a trench. Startech does not use ethernet, it uses an ethernet cable. I can't see how Powerline adaptors would work as the use network protocols over the mains electrical circuit so the have yo be plugged into a 13amp socket.
  16. My pier is in the garden and links in to a brick obsy building via underground cables. No mains goes to the pier (not needed) and all data is through a Cat 5 cable. The only power is 12v from 2 Maplin's Bench supplies and one of them feeds into a box on the pier with 2 DC - DC 12v to 5v convertors. All cabling runs in a trench through a 2 inch flexible armoured conduit. There are also 2 serial cables for the focus and HC serial connection to the PC with Starry Night Pro 6. I also have Splashtop on all my computers which allows me to control the whole setup from anywhere in the world through the internet.
  17. Ha ha! I hadn't finished doing the cables when I took the pictures. They are better now.
  18. Yes I have a cover for the pier but if is going to be unused for any length of time I will just lift off the dual plate with the scopes on it and put them in the obsy shed.
  19. I have completed the installation of the pier in my garden. It is linked by underground 12v, 5v, focuser and USB over Cat6 cables to my brick built observatory shed that houses all the psu's, computers and controls. It can be operated by wifi through the Starsense and Starry Night Pro from anywhere on the planet! Now all I need is clear skies!
  20. Pier is in with all the cabling in the trench in a 40mm reinforced flexible pipe. No mains at the pier only 12 and 5 volts.
  21. Fortunately FLO changed my Starsense for another and now I can connect to my PC and Starry Night via the USB over Cat 6. Works great now. Had a go tonight and the only problem I had was that the Starsense alignment was way out. Time/Date and Location were correct but the final alignment was miles away. had to give up as the clouds rolled in.
  22. Ok further update. Tried again connecting through the SkyFi 3 and the Starsense and it connects for a while then drops out. It's not the SkyFi, which works well but it seems to be the Starsense HC locking up. Oh well. SkyFi is going back as surplus to requirements.
  23. Ha ha! Just slewed to daytime targets. Not commenting on accuracy yet!
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