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  1. Hi All Has anybody else had this problem? I use a single, ageing laptop (HP620 8Gb RAM) running Windows 7 Pro 64bit to control my imaging setup using the following software; Cartes du Ciel and EQMOD to control EQ5 Pro mount via EQDIRECT cable connected via powered USB Hub BackyardEOS to capture images from Canon 450D via same USB powered hub PHD2 for guiding using GP-CAM 130C and EQMOD pulse guiding What confuses me is that some evenings everything works absolutely fine. Another evening, using exactly the same hardware, software and even connections (ie I always plug the
  2. Had 3 or so hours of success last night. 'Scope tracked well, tracking and guiding didn't fail at all and only had to stop when camera battery died. First attempt at M42 with this setup :-) Well pleased. m42_120s_50percent.tif
  3. Hi Ian Must apologise. I have found the "Mount Limits" check box to be ticked and, since unticking, seems to be tracking OK. In the words of Homer Simpson - "Doh!"
  4. Not that I am aware of. I didn't set anything to do with 'limits' in EQMOD on either laptop.
  5. **Update** I have taken PHD and CdC out of the equation by connecting to the mount via the EQASCOM Toolbox. With PHD and CdC not running and the gamepad turned off the mount tracked for about 10 minutes before the Sidereal Tracking 'switched off' again. Without doing anything to the setup, I tried slewing the 'scope using the direction arrows in EQMOD and these worked fine so the mount is still communicating with the laptop and EQMOD. It seems to me that the problem could be with EQMOD or could it be Windows 7 :-(
  6. Hi All I have been using my 'best' laptop with Windows 8.1 to control an EQ5 Pro mount via a USB/Serial converter with a lead directly to the hand controller set to PC Direct Mode. On the same laptop I have installed PHD2 for guiding and BackyardEOS for image capture and a gampepad for ease of 'tweaking' the telescope pointing. I have also installed Cartes du Ciel (CdC) to find and slew to targets. This system has worked flawlessly (other than 'idiot induced' problems) for a number of months now. I was lucky enough to be given another, slightly older, laptop to use so I thought the 'be
  7. Thanks for these pointer Ian - I will take a look at the links you have posted. Cheers Richard
  8. Hi All To date I have been using DSS to stack and (dare I say it) to also perform some image processing. The final, resultant TIFF file has been further processed using such applications as PaintShop Pro, GIMP or even Windows Photo Gallery. I have read that DSS is good for stacking but, ideally, should not be used for any processing. I have downloaded a trial version of StarTools but am having a few issues getting to grips with it or getting any results that are anywhere near as good as those so far obtained with just DSS, PSP etc. I appreciate that learning how to use StarTools will
  9. Thanks for all your replies and advice guys. Since posting I have had a successful imaging evening (including pulse guiding using PHD) by using my previous connecting cable (RJ11) connected to the hand controller and setting the controller option to 'PC Direct'. Not the ideal, but it is at least working. I shall investigate why I cannot use the RJ45 connection in slow time. Clear Skies
  10. This would be a better option, however, I thought I would try saving a few pennies as I already have the USB/Serial adaptor. Guess you 'gets what you pay for' and I may well end up getting one of these from FLO. Ho hum
  11. The USB/serial adaptor works fine when coupled with a Serial/RJ11 cable which plugs into the hand controller in PC Direct mode. All I have done is replace the Serial/RJ11 cale with a Serial/RJ45 cable and plugged this into the SynScan motor control box Hand Controller port. The new cable was off eBay so not expensive and, to be honest, I think it is this that is causing the problem.
  12. Hi All I have recently acquired an EQ5 Pro mount and wish to control it using EQMOD, however, I cannot control the mount with a cable linking directly to the SynScan EQ5 switch box. This does work; USB to Serial converter plugged into Windows 8.1 laptop Cable from Serial converter to SynScan hand controller Hand controller set to 'PC Direct' With the above configuration everything works fine. I have read somewhere that it is advisable to take the hand controller out of circuit all together so, to this end, I have purchased a Serial to RJ45 connector lead. So I
  13. Hi Julian Thanks for this advice. Must admit that, after posting, I did do a little more research and discovered that the EQ5 Pro can be controlled directly from a laptop using an EQDirect cable. I had thought that this direct option was not available for this mount and using the PC Direct option on the handset was the only way to go. I'm guessing from what you say that it is not really necessary to setup any Declination backlash compensation in EQMOD pulse guiding as PHD will cater for any backlash. I was thinking more about using the direction controls in EQMOD independent of th
  14. Hi All I have recently started using EQMOD to control my EQ5 Pro mount. When I use the mount with the SynScan Hand Controller I have noticed the usual backlash in the Declination axis when reversing the direction from north to south or vice versa. In the SynScan Setup/Backlash/Declination menu option, I find that setting this to 0deg 0' 50" (ie 50 arcseconds) compensates for the backlash when using the hand controller. My questions are these; When using EQMOD and the PC Direct mode setting on the hand controller, is this Declination Backlash compensation still applied? (I suspect
  15. I still have a 6" f8 mirror made by Brunnings. If memory serves it's etched with October 1958. Damn fine mirror nit doing a lot just now though :-)
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