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  1. running on windows xp on one laptop an windows 10 on another both have same issue
  2. Hi gang. I have just brought a eq5 goto mount an have a wifi dongle that I want to use. I have downloaded the app and ascom driver to my laptop and the app works as it should. However when I connect it to SGP it connects and all seems ok but when you select a target an click slew to nothing happens. Unpark in SGP and try again it may work? Sometimes it slews and if you do slew to a target and then want to move to a new target it refuses. You can always press park in SGP and it works so have any of you got a dongle and had similar problems. I so want to use it through SGP as I plate solve and recentre quite a lot..
  3. Yes I have the scope to the left and locking knob on the top. I am using a iphone app. I have looked at the youtube video as above and carried out the north level alignment as well but I get the same result each time. I ask the scope to go to Arcturus and it moves to the right direction but is looking down at the ground. I move the scope miles to get it on the star and then ask it to go to vega only foir it to look at the zenith?? All I can say is its rubbish. It surely should go to the named star etc withing a close range of it. Should I face the locking knob at the bottom? Why o why dont sky watcher just tell us how to set the mount an scope position. It would be so easy to do so.
  4. I am standing behind the mount which is facing north. I 3 star align and the first star is arcturus. The mount moves round in the right direction BUT the scope points to the ground in what appears to 90 degrees out. What is going on? Ps the scope is on my left at the start
  5. Thanks for the swift reply. Will get back. Jay
  6. Hi I have just brought the SW AZ Gti and the intructions are not helpful at all. Can you tell me how I set the moun t up in the first place before I star align. Standing behind it do I have the scope on the right or the left? DO I set it up facing north? When aligning to 2 bright stars I am asked to manually align to the first star. So do I loosen the clutches an move it myself or use the motors to move it? At the moment if I have the scope on my right and ask it to go to venus it points down to the ground ? very frustrating that for any amount of money no intructions tell you how to start???? A little help would be much appreciated. jay
  7. Sorry for the delay in responding to your helpful replies. I did what Alan showed and on my Beelink it suddenly went searching for a driver which it appeared to find and bingo. I think I did not download the serial driver??? . Anyway I now have it working as it should but have missed the clear weather and now we have snow etc. It must get better so will be hoping to get down to some imaging soon. Jay
  8. Good reply but I am not that computor good so assigning ports is not a strong point. I am using the latest FTDI cable from FLO. The beelink looks to be a good machine so disappointed with the linkup so far but I am sure I will get there if my frustration holds out. Jay
  9. I have shut it all down but will address it again when I calm down??? thanks fpor replies and I will check port and driver versions
  10. HELP, I have no hair left to pull out. I have been trying for weeks to get my pier connected to my laptop by a single cable. I have brought a mini beelink pc and downloaded all software needed. I have downloaded ascom platform/ ascom telescope driver and eqmod. I have a NEQ6 mount with the latest eqmod cable. All this works on my laptop BUT will it work on the Mini pc OF COURSE NOT. EQMOD will not connect to the mount. I have tried different cables and the hand control but still no good. I have reinstalled ascom etc again and used different usb ports but no. Now my laptop is having trouble finding the mount and the download speed of images is shocking. When you try to do a loop to focus the image does not change as you adjust you just sit waiting.. Any ideas as to what is going on would help. Up to know I have never had any problem with eqmod on the laptop and downloads have been fine. I have set up a pc from scratch more than once and had no problems before so I remain baffled as to what I have done wrong??? The Mini pc is connected to the laptop by cat6 cable and running teamviewer on a lan line.
  11. Another question, My pier mount is polar aligned. Now when I set up all I need is to align to one star an all should be going. If I start SGP and slew to say vega it will not be in view most times and as the scope is not close by I need to move the mount to see the star in order to focus the camera. If I unlock and move the mount (old NEQ6) I will be able to see the star and focus but when I then ask SGP to slew to and centre it will go back to the place I started where the star is no to be seen. In other words I have not syned it like in CDC. I know that if the camera has been focused the plate solve should be able to sort it but this is not happening? Is there a method when using SGP to centre a star or to plate solve the image of the star you have focused on.I am trying to do this using a ZWO120mm with a ED80mm. jay
  12. Sorry for delay in answering. I brought a kit from Amazon (image ) I have since change to a cat6 cable but on using it the other night I had downloads from my camera but they were very slow. Your kit was £150 mine was £50 so there must be a difference but I can not see it?
  13. Hi out there. I have hit a problem for the very first time an have no idea what is happening. I am using SGP and also sharpcap to capture images. I have a pier and to cut down USB cable problems I have invested in a USB extender. This is a box that is powered and has 4 usb ports. It is connected to my office by a cat5 cable. At the other end a box has a cat connector and a usb output to the laptop. If I connect everything. Eqmod / guide camera qhy5/ main camera QHY8l or zwo 120 mm , everything works fine. BUT the minute I start to take images and they are downloading I GET NOTHING. there is no downloading to the software taking place. If I resort to using a long usb cable that in the past has coursed so many problems it all works. By this deduction I feel the cat cable is the problem? puzzled
  14. Hi , I am looking to find a mono ccd to take DSO images with a narrow band filter. Atik or starlight etc . sensible money. Jay
  15. Its been a while but is it still for sale?
  16. Many thanks for the link and advise as always. jay
  17. Which would I guess automaticaly load when connected ?
  18. So my question regards eqmod. I have setup a small pc next to my mount and it has the lastest version of windows. However it refuses to find the eqmod cable. If I connect my laptop that has widows 10 but an older version it finds it straight away. I am using the Lynx astro FTDI connector but its asking for a driver I have all the drivers in it that are in my laptop? Is there a special driver for the Lynx in the lastest windows 10? Could anyone give me a link to a genuine driver? jay
  19. Your right . I was thinking it would slew like a goto. I focused on a star an then pressed the buttons at which point I saw the star move. The instructions are ok but like alot of astronomy gear its at times very difficult to explain what to the maker is obvious. Thanks for the reply. Jay
  20. I have just brought a star adventurer from FLO and it arrived today. I unpacked it and inserted 4 brand new batteries. T switched it on and the leds light up. It was tracking as you could hear the motor clicking quietly. Now I press the fast left or right buttons to see if it moves. IT DOES NOT. I have moved the selector switch to all modes and again tried the fast movement buttons with nothing happening at all. At this early point do I take it that I have a DUFF one????? Have I missed something. Jay
  21. I have been to the last two star parties and missed the start of the friday night quiz and food on both occasions. A paper hand out at the reception with times and whats happening over the weekend would be a good start. Also there is not a great interaction between the members. Those that have been so many times seem not to want to know anyone else so as a newbee I felt some what outside. A shout from each member present at the quiz night as to where they live would help and if they are visual or imaging. Looking forward to the party this year but hope it does not clash with the autumn party at Kelling heath
  22. Thanks for all your thoughts on my so called problem. An elec confirmed that my wiring was ok. He suggested that I couple the led display to the plug feeding 14.5 v to my mount. That way I could see if the main battery was too low as the regulator would struggle to maintain 14.5v. This done I turned to the battery and connected it to my NEW 12amp fully auto charger. This indicated that the battery was very low and proceeded to charge it in a controlled way back up to full. I have now had it runnning almost everything including my laptop for hours and it has not failed. Conclusion is that my 2amp battery charger was incapable of doing the job properly. Roll on clear skies. Jay
  23. Battery not hot but just puzzled as to why its run down so quick when it shou;d last ages. Got an electrician looking at it tomorrow and will report back.
  24. Wo thats some box, Yes I do have a brought voltage regulator that I have adjusted to give 14v and have used it foe a few years before trying to build this box and it works fine. Any chance of a wiring diagram and parts list for your unit ? Jay
  25. Hi out there, I have made up a battery power supply box that has a brand new 100ah leaisure battery. I have 4 car type cigar sockets and a double usb charging unit with an LED voltage display. Its wired in paralell. This should power my setup for a weekend with I thought no trouble. I am running a NEQ6 mount. QHY8L ccd. 2 dew heater wraps. and possibly a Skyfi unit. I thought the worst thing I coulkd use would be a power supply for my laptop from the 12v if needed. Well thats the max I am talking about. So the other night I set up using just the mount and CCD. I have by the way installed a voltage regulated power supply unit for the NEQ6 that gives it 14volts all the time. After about 2hrs of running I noticed the mount led flashing, a sure sign the voltage has dropped below 12v an sure enough the dispay showed just 8.5volts. I jumped and switched it off before damaged occured and slowly the voltage returned to 11 an then 12v. How can the mount just moving here and there and a ccd drain the battery which was charged. I am going to Kelling Heath in April an do not want trouble after all I have done to give myself outside power. Any ideas on what could be the cause ? I was under the impression these batteries where the gods of weekend power!!!!!!!! an I have not even connected the dew heaters yet.
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