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tteedd

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About tteedd

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  1. tteedd

    SW WiFi synscan pro problems.

    Look at: 'Synscan wifi module help' thread.
  2. As it was clear and despite the almost full moon I decided to power up the rig and play with my new tablet. To my horror it 'dumped me out' to borrow an expression from another thread on this subject. ie the synscan app closed down as soon as I connected leaving me on the main screen (apps). Having some experience with my previous tablet I re-opened synscan, went to the settings screen, then pressed connect. It connected OK, stayed connected and worked perfectly when I went back to the control screen. Spent an hour looking at various targets then 'hibernated'. Something that Skywatcher has done to the software means that if you load the current version these problems are worse than they were. If your pad is working well I think you would be well advised not to reload Synscan at the moment.
  3. tteedd

    SW WiFi synscan pro problems.

    I have had to upgrade from an Android 4.4.2 device to an Android 6.0 device to get mine to work properly. I have reported elsewhere, but in short I have always had minor problems with my 4.4.2 pad which got worse (but I love the wifi unit when working). Reloading the syscan software meant that it would not work at all, but it worked with my 5.2 phone OK. A new 4.4.2 pad did not work either. I now use a 6.0 pad and it works perfectly.
  4. Now using a pad running Andriod Ver 6.0. Synscan runs perfectly.
  5. tteedd

    SkyWatcher Synscan WiFi Adapter

    I now have a tablet running Android 6.0. It seems to run synscan perfectly! If you are thinking of buying a wifi device, check that your andoid version is not 4.4.2 All I need now is clear skies!
  6. Hi Brown Dwarf I never push my 250p. It has always been less accurate on 'goto' than when you slew it after having pushed it. Somewhere on one of these threads in the distant past there was a tech discussion on the reason for this. I always slew using the handset or wifi unit. I have other problems related to pads I have been using with the wifi unit but, with the unit, I find that accuracy is very much improved and not being tied to the rig is a massive boon in my obs.
  7. Hi I have had the wifi module for 8 months. Most of the time I have been very pleased with it. Synscan is more accurate using it and it is good not to be tied to the rig. I have had to put red screening over the display on my pad and over the green LED on the wifi unit as both disturb my night vision. Firstly - my pad had a habit of changing back to my house wifi, so ensure that it has remained on the synscan wifi unit. Secondly - my pad had a habit, originally very occasionally, of reporting 'sysnscan has stopped'. Sometimes I overcame this just by starting again but later had to go from the sysnscan app to settings, wifi and turn connection off and on again (upping the retry number also helped). Over time this got worse (although I could control OK with my mobile phone - I have other problems with this - but connection and use is perfect). Recently I bought a new cheap pad from Amazon. It had the same problems as the first pad. When I looked the Android version was 4.4.2. I have sent this pad back and am at present thinking of buying a better pad with a different Android version number. Good Luck
  8. tteedd

    SkyWatcher Synscan WiFi Adapter

    Never rains but it pours! Ordered a new cheap tablet from Amazon. Super looking thing, only problem is that it refuses to run sysnscan! 'App not compatible' Wasted another few hours with this and now it is going back. If anyone can advise me on getting the original tablet to work properly I would be grateful. Other-wise please let me know cheap models that work and their android version No. Thanks
  9. tteedd

    SkyWatcher Synscan WiFi Adapter

    Seem to have it working now. Settings/connections Upped retry times to 5, no change. Turned find devices off and on again. Now connecting and working OK. See how it goes for real? ……………………………………….. It did not go! Firstly although working the numbers keyboard did not come up when clicking to input Messier/ngc/etc numbers. Then when re-started the old problem came back.
  10. tteedd

    SkyWatcher Synscan WiFi Adapter

    Hi I have had the Wifi adapter for some time and used it for several months with a cheap android pad. Then, first occasionally and then permanently, the pad/ap started giving the message 'Synscan not working' and switching off when the message is acknowledged. Tried all sorts of things with the pad including removing all apps not wanted and reloading synscan app with no solution. So I have loaded the synscan app on my phone and it works OK. Anyone else had, or better still overcome, this sort of problem with a pad? Ted
  11. tteedd

    Lifting the Lid

    Hmm, Drip-strip. My ancient model does not have one. Perhaps it was never fitted. What was fitted when we dis-assembled it was a strip of stainless steel around the lower edge. I did not re-fit this but just taped the holes. I had assumed that in the wilds of yorkshire the wind had been blowing rain in. I have not had water [drips or rain] in by this route and need to fill and gell paint the holes some time. I'll fair the surfaces at the same time. Then look more into adding a drive.
  12. tteedd

    Lifting the Lid

    Mmm. Having given advice I'd better get on and do mine now! I'm getting closer to finally powering rotation so it would be better if it didn't sound like Clapham junction.
  13. tteedd

    Lifting the Lid

    Hi All this seems highly complicated to me. I bought my old Pulsar 2.7 m Ob's online. It was in Yorkshire and we had to move it to Hertfordshire. My daughter, son in law and myself easily lifted the dome off when we were diss-assembling it. I got two neighbours to help lift it back on when I had re-assembled it. I went through this procedure twice as I decided to drop the height by taking a ring of sections out. Later, when I wished to take the dome off again, I got three golfing friends to help. It sat on the lawn for some time and showed no sign of lifting when it was windy. I'm contemplating access to the rollers and surface but intend just to lift it up onto wooden blocks and expect to accomplish this on my own. Last time I had anything to do with Acrows they were nasty heavy things, necessary for supporting the roof while part of the wall was taken away, but not the sort of thing I want anywhere near my glass fibre pride and joy. If you were near me I would offer to pop round and lend a hand. How about asking at your astro' society? Ted
  14. tteedd

    SkyWatcher Synscan WiFi Adapter

    Padding Thanks P - New version has Settings> User applications> Footer padding. Old version has only the settings page with no padding. Rotation Neither the pad nor my phone wants to rotate at the moment but my memory says the pad used to. Pad Both pad and phone are android. I'm off to Spain soon. I used to take my 'goto' handset out with me and use it on my supertrack mount out there. I'm going to take the Wifi module and use my phone this time. Although with the light pollution I'm not sure why I bother. But if I do use it to any extent I may leave the wifi unit there and buy a new one.
  15. tteedd

    Constant damp weather

    Two years ago! In case anyone is currently having problems, an update. I eventually put 'stick on' rubber insulation on the inside of the dome. This completely kills the worst condensation inside the dome and is usefully black. (if you are putting it on in cold weather, warm the fibreglass with a heat-gun before applying). I now happily leave books and charts out when previously they would have been damaged. Come to think of it I also leave a computer, a video camera and other electronic equipment out there now. I use a good waterproof cover over the scope which already has a dust sheet on it. The dust sheet remains dry now (it used to feel damp even when there was no noticeable dampness elsewhere). I also run an ordinary de-humidifier, with a tube to dispose of the water outside the observatory. It was the easiest first thing I did to control my problem. It may not work when it gets very cold but it does keep the observatory dry. I guess you get no condensation when all the water is frozen solid! It is possible that I could do away with this now I have the insulation, but I feel happier with it running when I am away. On 'Sky at night' they say 'keep looking up' but 'keep yourself warm and dry' as well, and your equipment dry.
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