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Posts posted by KRYPTON

  1. 16 minutes ago, malc-c said:

    wow, resurrecting a 6 year old post !! :)

    Under your EQMOD folder you should have a gamepad monitor application - you could see if that's detecting the gampad

    Can you run the EQASCOM toolbox from the EQMOD/EQASCOM folder and configure the gampad

    Hi Malcom thanks for the reply. Yes 6 years is a long time no one else has had a problem since then.

    Could you clarify where I can find the "EQmod folder"?

    If I open the EQmod toolbox I get this:-


    Should I change some of the numbers?

    Regards Ken

  2. Hi guys have just got a Skywatcher WIFI module for my EQ5 mount. It all works OK using a smart phone but I want to control the mount using Stellirum. I have been able to control the mount using Stellirum on a laptop but would like to monitor the laptop inside on a Tablet using the same WIFI link.

    I have done this in the past using the home WIFI router and Microsoft remote desktop control.

    The trouble is when the Skywatcher module is connected vie the WIFI to the Mount it is not connected to the Tablet WIFI for monitoring.

    Does anyone know if the Skywatcher WIFI module can be used as a Hub and how to set it up or is it not possible?


    Many thanks for any help.

  3. On 3/13/2014 at 19:57, Fogagen said:

    My understanding of the op's problem is that of backlash, and the gears aren't meshed correctly.

    Relatively new here but I have used the EQ5 PRO for two years- different motors but similar problems of backlash.

    The motors on the Pro are held on with just one screw. (Yes, just one). With the EQ5 payload of only 9Kgs, I have two 5Kg counterweights, the explorer 200p weighing a fair bit, a camera, cables hanging off, ...  I'm frankly not surprised that I'm having to sort out the meshing as often as I do. (Even with spot on balancing)

    Despite the fact that the reviews all suggested that this combination is not ideal for astrophotography, I have managed 4mins unguided and 10mins guided on the third and last outing last year with phd (forgot to refocus after forgetting to put the lp filter on!), but I have had to come to terms with the fact that I will have to work at it. In a strange way, for me, the meticulous setting up and tinkering is kind of fun!

    If your dual axis has the same fixings, by the way, and you decide to make adjustments, watch you don't pop the threads. Been there!

    My understanding of the op's problem is that of backlash, and the gears aren't meshed correctly.

    Hope this helps in some small way.


    Hi Rob

    I have a similar set up to you and I am just getting into guiding so far without success. Could you tell me what settings you use for PHD this could give me a better indication of how bad my backlash is. Many thanks Ken 

  4. On 2/1/2016 at 14:53, calli said:

    After pressing Connect you should See A list of devices including your BT module. You choose then the module. 

    I am not 100% sure my APP will work with the original sketch but i guess so. You have to have the same baud rate at the arduino and the BT module. 

    Right now an including this week i cant check because i have no acces to my PC.



    Hi Carsten

    Thanks for the recommendation I now have a working system. I used a Nano micro-controller,  an EasyDriver stepper motor board and an HC-05 BlueTooth module for the communication with my phone. I used MIT App Inventor to produce the App and Arduino to wright the sketch for the controller. I modified the sketch to communicate with HC-05 using a second serial port so as to use the default TX/RT (pin 0 and 1) to download the code.

    Thanks ken

    BlueTooth Box small.jpg

  5. Hi Linda

    Welcome to the forum. Clad to see you have an interest in photographing nebula. Have been waiting weeks in the UK for a clear night. If you get the chance have a look at the Andromeda galaxy that can be very impressive. The little icon on the left was my first attempt at it.


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  6. Hi Carsten

    Have received the BT HC-05 module have managed to pair with it on my Android phone and can see the control App you sent but as yet only get a blank screen when I try to "Connect". Do you know the Baud used for communication? Do I need to set this on my phone?

    Do you have a link to the Arduino sketch you loaded into you system as I may have the wrong one.

    Thanks Ken

  7. Has anyone built a Focuser that can be controlled by an Arduino micro-controller using  infrared remote control? I am in the process of building one but have little experience with coding. If someone has made one I would be grateful for a look at you code/sketch. Many thanks


  8. Very Nice.

    I have just got my first CCD but have been waiting for some clear sky. I see you have taken three different exposures for each filter colour did you stack them all together in DSS or in batches of the same exposure and then blend them in Photoshop?

  9. Thanks for taking the time to reply Tommohawk. You are correct in assuming it was an OTA I meant. I better understand the shortcomings of the EQ5 now. Considering I brought the EQ5 and 200p  as a package I am a bit peeved they are not compatible as you say the 200p is 9.5kg and the rating of the EQ5 is 9kg already 0.5kg over its limit. :huh:  

  10. Thanks again to all who have given me such a warm welcome. The comments from Glowjet and Tommohawk particularly intrigue me as they refer to the limitations of my EQ5 mount. What actually are the limitations is it the weight of the equipment on the mount or the gearing inaccuracy. Although I have no guiding I tend to use exposures of less than 60 seconds and star trails are not too bad. Wind on the AOT seems to be more of an issue.  If there is someone out there with a similar AOT and mount what setup did you use did you have any issues with getting the DSO and guide star in focus at the same time?

    Any information appreciated.


  11. Thanks to all for your warm welcome and you comments. The prism would seem to be the way to go  fitted with a sensitive guide camera. I have in mind a ATIK GP but any recommendations are appreciated. I take it the ATIK GP guide camera just fits on to the OAG or are there any issues with regard to focus? If someone has a picture of a similar setup I should like to see it.

    Many Thanks Ken

  12. Hi all

    I have been interested in astronomy for may years. I can even remember seeing pictures in one of Patrick Moors books of the moon with a blank space round the back of it. I have now bought a Skywatcher 200p on an EQ5 mount and  have been reading information on this site for about six months and found it very useful. My particular interest is imaging Deep Sky Objects and have had some success with a Canon 550D but can never get the same quality as other more experienced astronomers. I now intend to take the plunge and get a CCD ATIK460EX Colour camera and a means of auto guiding it and it is for this reason I am seeking the advice of other members. The two options seem to be:-

    1 a CCD camera for imaging, a prism to deflect light from one of the stars to another camera that is used to relay this information to the auto guider.

    2 a CCD camera for imaging, a second small telescope mounted on the OTA fitted with another camera that is used to relay this information to the auto guider.

    The question is what are the pros and cons of each system and could the Canon 550D with an adapter to 1.25 " be used for the second camera or do I need to buy a second small CCD for the guiding?

    Many thanks in advance for any information and taking the time to post a reply.

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