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  1. Thanks folks, particularly Les. It is now working. It's amazing what you can do if you read the manual! I had to use ANGLE mode. Chris
  2. Hello all, sorry if this is in the wrong section, but not too sure which is the correct one. My Windows 7 laptop has decided to throw it's teddy out of the pram so I have had to resurrect an older laptop, which was Vista but upgraded to Windows 7. Everything on the old laptop is working fine except that I cannot download Stellarium as it tells me it needs Open GL. The old laptop is an Asus F3J and the graphics card is an ATI Mobility Radeon X2300. After a long session Googling it seems that the graphics card supports OpenGI 2.0 (unless I have totally misunderstood things) but how do I enable it? Most of the websites I have been pointed to seem to be inactive now. So if anyone out there has some info that can help me I would be very grateful. Thanks Chris
  3. Following on from this, is the controller the same irrespective of the type of cable used to connect to the mount, rj45 or DB9?
  4. Thanks Alan. Thank goodness for EQDirect, hopefully I will be able to live without the controller until a cheap used one comes along. Chris
  5. Thanks for all of the replies. I only have an EQ3 pro mount, and the controller came with it, new. Dr Ju Ju ,the 2 blown items are ringed in red, one is the C55 (the lower one)), and the other is(if I have interpreted the printing correctly) C3. Chris
  6. I very rarely use my handcontroller but needed to the other night. Switching on, nothing appeared on the display, so I checked the connections and made sure everything was OK and switched on again. It was then that I noticed the smoke drifting out of the handset via the keypad. I switched off again. I removed the back of the handset and upon close examination of the circuit board I found that 2 of the tiny components were burnt out. See the 2 pictures attached. Can this be repaired as a cost for a new handcontroller is quite high and I might have to forego it's use permanently if a repair cannot be made at very much less the £180.00. Chris
  7. Some time later.........I too am suffering from this error, but the referred to thread does not appear to be available any more. Any suggestions as to the solution? Preferably nothing too complicated! Chris
  8. But these are listed at £104.99, so I think not. In the original post an ordinary battery was used. I have now opened the casing and need to know which of the four connections inside need to be connected to the incoming cable from the adapter, and does the wire strip need to be retained?
  9. Many belated thanks for this. I have all of the bits and am about to start construction, but have 2 questions before I do, both concerning the battery mod. I understand the principal, as I made a similar mod for my Olympus E400 a few years ago, but used a adapter that was designed to take AA cells, therefore no need to break into the battery to remove things. Question 1- just how do you open the battery? With a modelling knife, a Dremel or what. The case appears to be well glued together so there is no easy way in. Question 2- my camera is a Canon 60D and the battery has 2 large and 2 small contacts, which provide power and status data I assume. Do all 4 have to be live or can it just be the power contacts. As shown in the attached photo, the small contacts are marked + and -, and the larger ones are marked T and C. I am assuming that once inside there is a circuit board. Would the incoming leads from the PSU connect at the point where the terminals on the cells are now, or do I bypass the pcb and go direct to the power outputs only? I would be very grateful for any guidance that you can offer, thanks Chris
  10. Thanks very much, I said I was electronically inept! I was aware of the Astronomiser cables but wanted to go down the USB/RS232 route for the ability to use longer cables, but this seems to cater for that to an extent. Thanks for your help. Chris
  11. There appears to be some confusion creeping in here. I want to use EQDIR from laptop to mount. As previously stated. I am trying to use an FTDI usb to RS232 adapter. To use this I need to connect the 9 pin plug on the FDTI adapter to an RJ45 cable with RJ45 plugs at both ends. It is this connection between the adapter and the cable that is causing problems. (Can I buy one ready made that would connect to the FTDI adapter and terminate in an RJ45 plug? Not seen one. Would all of this.) I have now acquired a semi pre-wired adapter where the wires are already connected to the RJ45 socket end of the adapter and need connecting to the rear of the serial socket. The colours do not match those previously given as the norm for RJ$% cabling, so all I can go on is the actual pin positions. So if someone can simply tell me which pin number joins to which pin number I would be obliged. The diagram on the EQDIRECT page of the EQASCOM site shows the wiring of the RJ45 plug at the mount end, which I assume is the same as athe adapter end, but which pin number the connects to which pin number at the back of the 9 pin serial plug? I have attached a picture of the items I want to use, showing the 2 parts that need to be joined together Chris
  12. Thanks, but not much good if i am not on Facebook as there does not appear to be any other point of contact.
  13. Hi there, As you can guess from the heading, I am interested in an external 12volt power supply. There appear to be several available, although a lot of them seem to be identical. Some are very expensive and some aren't. I prefer the less expensive choice! Can any one advise, preferably from their own experiences, of ones to look for, or ones to avoid. Chris
  14. Sorry to sound very dumb, but I did say I was electronically inept. Are you saying that the wires from the RJ45 plug ,pins 1/4,5 and 6 connect to pins 5,3 and 2 in the db9 . Nothing is shown on either unit to indicate Rx, Tx,or Ground so I have had to resort to the web to try to work out what is which, and I am still a tad confused. None of the wires in the assembly match any of the colours quoted by you. Sorry to be a pain! Chris
  15. Thanks for the reply. Yes I am trying to go down the EQDirect route, bypassing the hand controller.
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