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  1. Hi I don't know if this thread is still active as its over a year since anyone posted. However just in case it is here goes. I am intrigued by your original post, can't help out with the cable but how did it go fitting a mini computer to your OTA ? Am I correct in assuming that this is to run EQMOD or something similar ? What sort of mini computer did you use and what sort of capability do you get with it. I would be interested to hear a bit more about it. Thanks Neil
  2. Hi thanks for that. Odd innit, I buy new bit of kit, user guide comes in box, I assume that coz its in the same box it will be the correct guide for new kit ! Why do I never learn ?I fall for it every time. Of course it won't be. AAAAArgh Thank you for taking pity on me, yes the link is indeed for the controller in my hot little hand, unlike the bit of worthless s$$$$ in the box. Not that it says a huge amount about the new port but does at least mention it and give some explanation. Exasperated of darkest Wales.
  3. Hi Stargazers. This is perhaps 2 questions in one. I have recently had to replace my SynScan hand controller after the Welsh climate did for my previous one. I use it to control an EQ8 mount. It works fine but being a version 5 has an extra port. As well as the Port to connect to the mount and the multi-purpose port it now sports a USB port type B ( the square sort like wot wired printers use ). This is new and I wonder what can it be used for ? the documentation with the hand controller does not seem to mention it at all. Also I use a gps mouse that plugs into the multipurpose port b
  4. Thank you all for these suggestions, quite why it hadn't occurred to me to try pc control is probably best glossed over ! Always was good at missing the totally obvious. Thanks again Neil
  5. Seasons greetings to all. I have a Sky-Watcher Eq8 Pro mount with synscan , a bit over 2 years old having had fairly light use ( due to moving house). This has sadly developed a problem. When all plugged in and switched on the LED on the switch comes on , steady red, no flashing, the hand control lights up, but looks somewhat dim and anaemic and the screen remains blank, there is no initialising, in fact there is no anything other than an orange glow. I have tried the obvious things, I have cleaned contacts, replaced cables etc. No better. Reading other posts, it seemed likely that thi
  6. I have a deep and lasting hatred for the tube rings for my 300mm Newt. I have this beautiful new EQ8 mount ( sighs of deep love and satisfaction) and a 300mm Skywatcher Newt that fit together just a treat. BUT every time I fix the telescope into the tube rings I just about destroy my fingers on the cheap nasty knurled knobs on the cheap nasty tube rings. There must be a better way of doing this, can someone tell me what it is please. I have seen rings with much better looking clamps, but have been unable to find any big enough for a 310mm tube, which is what I need. Are the clamps not consid
  7. Hi Guys. I have a NEQ6 Pro mount, about 3 years old. One of those with the poxy little jack on the main circuit-board to plug in the power supply. ( I understand this has been improved in later models) Despite taking care, after much use the inevitable has happened and the socket has parted company from the circuit board and the mount can't be used. Prior to it breaking totally I did a DIY repair soldering it back on to the pcb. This worked for a while but I don't much fancy my chances of doing this a second time, what with hot soldering irons and delicate, heat sensitive electronics n
  8. Hi, I have just read your comments about the mount being secured by a single bolt. I know that the circumstances are different, but you may be interested in some of the comments following my post of Feb 17th "The sickening crunch of breaking kit." ​Briefing what happened was that the two bolts securing the scope-rings to the dovetail bar snapped landing my telescope and attached care on the deck. Whilst this does seem to have been a bizarre one off type event, it has left me decidedly suspicious of expensive kit being secured by not very much. Obviously no manufacturer is going to know
  9. Well, so far as I can find, nobody seems to import these into the UK ( could this be a business opportunity ? ) however "Scope-Stuff" were more than happy to send one so long as I paid it's air fare from Texas. Can't say fairer than that, and I am now the proud owner of one laser collimator with an adjustable-intensity laser. Fits the bill, Perfect. So thanks again for the help and thanks for putting me onto "SCOPE-STUFF" wow, what a superb bunch of guys they are. They must be the ultimate purveyors of the off-beat, weird and down-right strange bits of astro-kit. So you want to connect
  10. Thank you all for your excellent replies. This is just what I wanted to know. I had eye surgery a year or so back and whilst my vision is fortunately fine, it has left my eyes more light sensitive than before. This is not due to abnormally dilated pupils or due to any medication, It is probably just my paranoia, but bright lights bother me more than before. As I was casually screwing my eyes up to collimate my telescope I just started to wonder if this was something that I should not be doing. I had intended to ask my Ophthalmologist at my last visit but needless to say, I forgot ! So I thin
  11. Hi All. Herre is an off-beat question. Doubtless we all know of the dangers of lasers our eyes, should we look directly into a laser. As the waveform of laser light is all in one plane, the same amount of light delivers more energy to whatever it falls on than ordinary light does. ( to any physicists, I know this is simplistic) So even a laser of modest power, (such as that in a laser collimator) can deliver enough energy to the cells in the retina, to kill those it falls on. So looking into a laser will give you a blind spot on the retina, or a blind streak across it unless you close your eye
  12. Hi all, a hopefully simple query here. I have been playing about with driving my Sky-Watcher N EQ6 mount with THE SKY X , and have been having much fun and amusement. I have it set up with the mount directly connected to the serial port on the computer, NOT going via the hand control, ( which I know is an option. ) The obvious drawback with this, is that as the EQ 6 has no knobs for manual slewing and fine adjustment, this has to be done via the software, this is not easy if I am attempting to look down the eyepiece at the same time !!! In his excellent book on astrophotography, Allan Hall
  13. Hi all. sorry to be long-wounded here. I have a bit of a problem with my pride and joy, a Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount. I have been experimenting recently with control from a computer rather than the handset and how long a wire I can have between pc and mount for it to still work. So there has been much connecting and disconnecting of various cables and connectors in numerable combinations to see what works by trial and error. Throughout I have always been careful to treat the mount and its connectors with respect, and have never connected any sort of external power, other than it’s normal 12 vo
  14. Thank you all very much for your helpful comments and sympathies. I spoke to the Insurance Fairy today, and as it is a first claim they will pick up the tab to replace any bent or broken bits with no excess, so I can at least replace the camera , this is very dead the bout that I assume is the sensor chip is in several bits. I will certainly take some photos and post them ( If I can work out how ). Its now nearly 2 am so I will leave it until tomorrow. I have been trying to remember exactly what happened. The scope had just stopped after slewing onto Jupiter. As I reached out to focus, there
  15. HI ALL Last night I had something of a disaster, there I was, stood out in t' cold getting ready to see if I could get my recently purchased Neximage 5 to take some pretty pictures of Jupiter. I was just adjusting my telescope (A bog standard Sky Watcher 200P Newt on an EQ6 Pro mount) to get the image centred and focussed when there was a loud crack, followed by a second as the two bolts securing the telescope rings onto the dovetail bar both snapped. Needless to say, telescope camera etc hit the deck with the aforementioned sickening crunch. I suspect that it must have landed camera first, th
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