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  1. Well, I finally got this working via a convoluted route! I installed a component for Visual Studio that lets me look the DLL file they ship, and then imported this into a new project in VS. From this I found what I think is a bug that stopped the unit from responding (in fairness to HTA I won't share the code, as I have sent this onto them). I compiled this into a new DLL. I then wrote a simple command-line utility referencing the new DLL and presto! I can interact with the unit perfectly via scripts now! The lunatico stuff looks good but it was funds I didn't have!
  2. Been a busy / mixed few weeks... In summary: Got my new Eclipse ED100 - Yay! Weather has been pants - Boo! Observatory automation project has moved forward - Yay! Couldn't get Mount Hub Pro working as expected - Boo! Worked out how to write an ASCOM driver for the roof control - Yay! Custom spacer for the scope has been delayed, won't be here till next week - Boo! Got the Mount Hub Pro working with custom program - Yay! Weather still pants - Boo! lol!! What a fun hobby we do!!
  3. I thought it was disappointing this year too. I'm in the same vein as others when it comes to the talks - only one interested me, but I didn't want to pay for the others I wasn't going to attend... The middle level was mainly devoted to Widscreen - they had both the Celestron and Skywatcher stands with them also, but I felt that Skywatcher had just recruited people to stand and give out leaflets - no expertise there. At least from what I saw. And I was surprised to see only one of the new EQ6-Rs on show, and even then only static. It should have been powered up with someone telling anyone that would listen all about it!! I wasn't shopping this year, so maybe that was a factor - but I met up with various friends, which was the highlight for me!
  4. No solution as yet. I am fairly certain it's the device - whether it needs a firmware flash I don't know. I too am waiting on a response from HTA. I have a backup plan but it would be easier if this were working!
  5. Those good people at FLO have kindly sent me my new baby... an Esprit 100ED! OK, I had to swap it for some of the 'money' stuff but it was certainly worth it!! Just need the custom CCD adapter and some clear skies and then we're good to go! Here's a couple of pics - there'll be more when it's installed in the obsy!
  6. If you can connect to the mount via the ASCOM Toolbox, and you can control it, slew it, park it, etc. then the issue is not with EQMOD I would suggest, but Stellarium. I think Starlight was checking that you had the GOTO version of the HEQ5, the non-goto version can't be controlled by EQMOD as it doesn't have the correct motors and circuit board.
  7. Hi John Yep, tried that, and the interface appears but when I create a bit code to switch a switch, nothing happens. I actually want to do it in VBScript and have tried Dim mhp set mhp = CreateObject("mhpCOM.mhpCOM") as per the documentation, but I get the ActiveX error. I've tried on a Win10 and a very clean Win7 (both 64bit) and get the same result. I'll keep plugging away!
  8. Playing with the MHP and the API but I get "ActiveX can't create object" error. Is anyone else using this? I should say that the supplied MHP application works just fine - it's the API I can't get operational
  9. ADM Saddle sold - list updated
  10. I would suggest a powered USB3 hub from the laptop, and then cable the mount and camera from that. Then you can cable the FW and guider from the camera.
  11. @glowjet - yes mate, flattener coming too. Seemed silly not to! I shall be spending the waiting period mulling over first-light target!!
  12. So, you can blame me for any poor weather in Beds/Herts/Bucks area!!! Just ordered an Esprit 100ED to live in the observatory! Spent hours researching, checking FoV, CCD suitability and bombarding people with questions (Thanks FLO, Steve!) Dead excited now!!! COME ON SKYWATCHER - IS IT HERE YET???!
  13. Here you go
  14. Rings now sold, list updated with remaining items