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  1. talk about hijacted. Admins...please delete my account. I feel sorry for this country. Good night all...
  2. Many thanks Ladies and Gents, I thought my initial post was evident however. I'm dissappointed. I bow to your opinions. Mods. Feel free to delete my account. I've finished here. Regards All KP
  3. What a wasted opportunity...can we lose the Irish man and Johnathan Ross
  4. How about clip pipe, it's what I used for my pier in the DIY observatories section http://www.ducting-online.co.uk/products/9-Clip-Pipe/ Regards Keithp
  5. Cheers for the compliments Kev. I'm using an EQ6 mount. Yes, when the scopes (2X) are balanced up the position of the 10" tube means the bottom of the tube just catches the edge of the mount. But that is my config, ie. the height of the mount on the adapter located in the pier. I could have had the adapter higher on the mount but I wanted to use the setup for imaging and didn't fancy the bolts being too long and allowing resonation, if you know what I mean. It may be possible in hind sight to have measured this with the scope on the tripod...never thought of that till now. Having seen and mea
  6. Quick pointer for anyone following my method regarding the pier, the 450mm size tube will compromise the straight up view with the 250px. (or any 10" newt). I think I might be able to make a mod to allow for this but go for a 400mm tube. Keeping it simple. Regards All Keithp PS all other problems sorted though :-)
  7. Hmmm, too much moon and fog tonight...that's a didn't...doh!
  8. Just a quick question for anyone using the astrotec adapter, are the drivers the same as the prolific ones for the normal usb to serial adapter. I just tried downloading them from FLO's link and I got some strange Chinese site http://www.prolific.com.tw/support/files//IO%20Cable/PL-2303/Drivers%20-%20Generic/Windows/allinone/PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v10518.zip I suppose the answer is in the link, but just checking they are the ones on the blue disk receieved with the usb serial adapter1?
  9. It's clearing here down in Somerset but I know with all the moisture on the ground the dew will be up very quickly. Nice and dark though. I'll leave it until maybe Sat or Sun night, looks good for Monday if the mess office has it right.. keeping my eye on sat24 though
  10. Ordered the correct bit off FLO, turned up the day after I ordered...excellent service as usual. Also posted in supplier reviews. Excellent response from James, many thanks there. Please, if this is something someone else might try..okay I might be on my own..stupid ..:iamwithstupid:doh! make it a sticky in equipment help. I was lucky, I'd hate to see someone fry £700+ worth of mount..well okay maybe a couple of hundred for a replacement board but there you go. Not worth the warning? Regards Keithp
  11. Sent off for the correct adapter to hook up the computer Cables, Leads and Controllers - HitecAstro EQDIR adapter turned up the day after I ordered it, nice one FLO. Excellent service as usual. This is what you want not what I was trying to do... http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-help/115102-mount-control-question.html Regards All Keithp
  12. With all due respect and thanks to Chris and Glider. I'd agree. We numpties out here need a bit/lot of guidence. I only deal with databases, networks and complete computer re-builds, all to standards. I'd be quite happy for Admins to make this a sticky as NOT the way to go. Regards Keithp Ps perhaps the title could be modified to read....How NOT to contol your mount with a computer PPS, I think I was lucky and got away with it..or stupid but not understanding the complexity of the information provided. So Admins please feel free to warn others with this
  13. Cheers again Glider, shame you didn't get on my trail before I started this or at the beginning, your knowledge is superior to mine on the connections/pin outs etc..hehe I only work with the dam things, rather than knowing what's coming out the pins. But here you go and I stand corrected by those who know more than me. But that's what this site is about.. you live and learn. Luckily no damage done. All is working okay. Hopefully there is enough here that anyone searching on this will find the answer in future.. Regards Keith Still the best Astro site around here..,
  14. Cheers Glider, but I still stand by what I said before. The serial to usb adapter I have works with 2 different scanners and is recognised by windows with the standard prolific drivers. If the mount is using a serial port connector as it's interface then this should conform to serial port standards..and by the looks of it it doesn't Not an arguement but if synta/skywatcher or what they want to call themselves are going to use proprietry connection interfaces then I would have thought they should at least conform to them.
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