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David Crane

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  1. Micro/mini computers

    I can fall asleep standing up, In my case it's not just the equipment that need upgrading. However I'm glad to know it works, its given me encouragement.
  2. Micro/mini computers

    OK, that's good. I'm planning on getting the Kodlix N42-D which also comes with Pro. Thanks for that David
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    Hi Hugh That's very interesting THE COMPANY wanted £149
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    Hi Kalista Have you tried your new setup yet? David
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    Hi Hugh I use teamviewer at the moment which is Wifi, and I haven't had any problems with it. I haven't heard of Wake on Wireless so I can't comment. I won't get my mini pc and power unit until July sadly and I would have liked to try windows remote viewer. However, I think you need W10 pro for remote viewer. At least that's what my current home edition tells me. I will have Pro on the new mini pc but not on the other end, i.e. my laptop or desktop pc which have Home edition. David
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    Thanks Kalista. Good idea to get a selection of fuse sizes. Your setup looks impressive. My sister in law lives in Bexhill and she seems to get as many clear nights as we get in Spain, but we do get cheaper wine. I hope all works with the mini pc. My list is down to four different models so I'll really interested to know how you get on. Thanks for all your help. Hi Ian. I have been using team viewer without any problems but I may go to cable as the distance is not too far. From my limited understanding, you need Windows 10 pro to use their wireless option and I only have Home. Best wishes David
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    Hi Kalista I have ordered up the power unit from ebay. You mentioned it came with pre-installed fuses and you changed them to 3 amp. I plan to do the same so are they the spade type of fuse. Because of my location it's easier to order in advance. Many thanks David
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    Hi Kaliska Can you tell me where you bought your power unit from. ebay looks favourite and less expensive than Amazon. Thanks Graham. The choice is getting bigger but at least the idea seems to work and help reduce the frustrating usb cable issues. David
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    Hi Kalista The mini pc you have is one I'm looking at so that's good to know. From your photograph it looks like you have power unit of some sort next to it. I'm also trying to get rid of the many power transformers that add additional weight to the setup. Could you enlighten me. Thanks By the way, I was just packing up last night after a bad night of cable problems when I read the funny replies near the top of the post. Thank you gentlemen. You made me laugh. David
  10. Main Sequence Software

    Thanks for replying to this issue. My power supply to the Atik is 3 amps so it should be fine. I was thinking of extending the cable from the exit (3 amp) side just to sit the transformer on the ground and reduce the weight but now I'm concerned now that the extra length may reduce the voltage. Regarding returning to all usb 2's. My three ports on the laptop are all usb 3 and I don't have a powered usb 2 hub at the moment but I may try an un-powered one I have. Hi Sara. Lovely to hear from you. I agree with you about SGP but I think it is more my incompetence and inexperience than the program. But it does seem its always the camera gets stuck in download that kicks in others problems. I would love a permanent setup and dark skies. but its not possible where we are so I make the most of it. David
  11. I'm trying reduce the usb cables issues I have by attaching a mini computer to the centre of the OTA so it moves with the scope and I have minimum cable movement. Has anyone any experience of suitable computers and set ups bearing in mind I don't have a fixed location and have to set up each night. The ones I have seen are about 12 x 12 x 5mm and about 950gm. The down side seems to be the 32GB memory most offer which seems to get half filled with Windows. I would be no good with Linux or any other operating system. I would also like to be able to put SGP, CdC, PHD2 and a few other on as well but maybe on a micro usb card.
  12. Main Sequence Software

    Thanks John. Tried last night with each camera in a dedicated laptop port but still had the same problems. It may be I had to use extensions to the usbs and they may have been just a little too long. I have shorter cables on the way which from memory are Ugreen but I like the look of the Chromo range. My laptop has three ports so put the filter wheel, mount into the powered hub. Has anybody any thoughts about using microcomputers attached to the scope? David
  13. Main Sequence Software

    Hi Steve Thats good to know about SGPro. I think you may be right and I will invest in another powered hub. I have been using Anker hubs and Ugreen cables but I know usb cables are always a bit suspect after a while. I may reduce the load and test it without the filter wheel as well as using the other laptop port. I'll have a look at Startech, thanks. I did think about investing in a mini computer and attaching it to the mount but thats long term at the moment. Thanks David
  14. Main Sequence Software

    Hi Peter I have two usb3 ports on the laptop and four devices, with a fifth coming soon, to attach so I could either run one device to the empty port or or I have an unpowered 4 port hub I could use and take a couple like the filter wheel and QHY5-ll through it to reduce the load on the Anker. Attached on their own,I thought I may try either the mount or the Atik camera as being the most power hungry, the Atik has a cooler. The reason I haven't tried it yet is that I read in Main Sequence forum of somebody that had tried this without success. But he may have had other issues. David
  15. Main Sequence Software

    I get stuck in download when I'm taking exposures in SGP. I doesn't make any difference if I'm looping or taking a single shot. Then SGP stops working. My imaging camera is an Atik414 and I run the Ascom 6 platform for both cameras, my filter wheel and my HEQ5 mount. I'm now also experiencing problem with PHD2 and my QHY5-ll, my guide camera, is also failing on me. I suspect usb cabling issues and so I don't want to start re-installing drivers if this is the case. Also, I'm a bit weak on IT skills. I run the equipment usb cables to a 7 port USB 3 Anker powered hub then the 70cm hub cable is connected to a 1m extension cable that goes to my usb 3 laptop port. I have replaced the extension cable but the problem still occurs. I don't know if this is a software issue, maybe with ascom, equipment with failing usb's or is a 7 port hub to much. Any advice......