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  1. What version of EQ6 do you have - the new R version has a USB port that permits direct connection to a PC (basically the serial to USB chip is now on the motherboard) - But it seems after a little research it needs to set the port baud speed on the PC to 115200 bps in both the port settings and ASCOM driver setting. If you have the older mount with DB9 connector, and it works with the handset but not the EQDir cable, then it has to be a fault with the cable or incorrect communications settings on the PC / ASCOM
  2. By "the same" are you saying that when you use an EQDirect cable your get a time out, but when you use the handset you have control? Presume you've check the obvious, that the comm port setting are the same that the EQDir cable device is set to ?
  3. Actually it's the Elves that do the hard graft of pushing all the 'bits' around. The fairies do all the admin work to make sure the Elves behave themselves and keep things in order
  4. James, I've heard various analogies to describe something, but your little pixies had me in stitches If only Kstars supported those ASCOM pixies things would be a lot simpler, but would mean the INDI and Network pixies would be out of work and claiming JSA
  5. Darren, nice update Question as I'm confused about the scope control. You have a pi which I presume is running a flavor of linux, which I assume is connected to the mount via some interface cable. But you then ran Kstars on what seems to be a windows PC and showed it connecting to the scope. Then you remote desktop'd using an app into the Pi that also has kstars running..... Can you explain the set up of the scope control in more detail? - The bit that is confusing me is having Kstars on the windows PC because naively it doesn't support Ascom and trying to get 3rd party software interfacing to try and make this work is a real pain. My guess is that in order to have the windows version of Kstars support Ascom there is some costs involved in having the api licence or something... if not then it really does astound me that the developers of Kstars have not make it Ascom complaint already
  6. Darren has started something now https://youtu.be/G89PagGQi0M
  7. No, you need 470uF electrolytic capacitors - 35v (bit of head room from the 25v ones originally fitted) - These have polarity, so make sure you fit plus to plus and minus to minus as indicated on the side of the can
  8. https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/315150-heq5-sw-200p-dob-ota-bad-idea/ The EQ5 won't be as stable as the HEQ5 in the above thread, especially given the extra focal length of the dob OTA
  9. The equipment mentioned will limit you to using a video (webcam or phone with adaptor) to record footage of the Moon, larger planets and the sun (using proper sun filters) and then stacking the frames in software. The EQ5 will offer better results as with excellent polar alignment it will track the targets so you'll get sharper images. So basically the 120 refractor on the EQ5 (assuming the scope is within the weight limit of the mount) would be your best bet
  10. Glad you didn't get a Seben !! - total waste on money. Your Explorer 130 should give you excellent results as a basic model. The moon, larger planets and some of the bright nebula should be visible on a good nigh with really dark skies
  11. Basically to be blunt - No ! For faint deep sky you need a fast large aperture scope that can be precisely controlled so the attached camera can take multiple long exposures. But, with the right bracket to hold the camera to the eyepiece, you should be able to video the moon and then use software to process that video to make a single image of the Moon
  12. Back in 2011 I measured the current draw of my EQ-5 synscan. So your 5A power supply should be fine. There is no maximum. If you used a 20A supply the mount will still draw 1.8A. You'll just have more head room and the PSU won't brake a sweat supplying what the mount needs.
  13. To be honest given the OP's lack of experience and knowledge about using a Reflecting telescope, I would't feel comfortable with them collimating the scope. I would suggest that they join a local astronomical group where someone can take them under their wing and help them get the most out of the scope
  14. The mount should be able to handle the normal voltage from any 12v car battery (nominal 13.8v fully charged). The spec of the mount suggest 2A ad the current draw, so in theory a 40 A/h battery would last 20 hours before being completely flat. But the voltage will also drop as the current drops, so in real terms it may last 10-15 hours. To be safe, if you can afford a 70 A/h battery then this should cater for all your needs for a full night, but also note that a battery will perform better in a warm environment, but at cold winter temperatures, the coldness can have an effect on the duration / capacity. Hope that helps
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