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  1. Your supplier may be the best bet. Assuming that they have a service department they may well be able to offer some practical, 'expert' advice.
  2. Very far from the most elegant solution but a wide strip of Velcro surrounding the tube with Gallant Wrist Weights attached is cheap and cheerful. Weights between c. £6 to £16 from Amazon!
  3. Thank you Gina. I can indeed connect to the mount with the listing running and I can take pictures although I have not yet found how to slew the 'scope! Unfortunately there is nothing in the tutorial that tells a simpleton like me how the listing is set running again when the system is rebooted/powered up. I assume there is a way this can happen without the need to re-input the string in Part 7. I thought I had got EQMod working nicely under Windows. EKos is going to be a whole new ball game! - John
  4. When I SSH into pi@raspberrypi and copy indiserver -m 100 -vv indi-asi_ccd indi_asi_wheel indi_equmod_telescope into the command line as per Part 7 'Testing' a listing takes place and then 'hangs'. The listing does not end with the pi@raspberrypi $ command prompt. The only way I can close down is by typing 'sudo shut down .... ' directly in to the command line using the a keyboard and monitor plugged directly into the Pi ie. not using the main computer terminal. I would guess that this version of INDI is the latest one and not the one used for the tutorial. Is this likely to make a difference Gina? So near and yet so far!
  5. Thank you Gina. I missed the Mint bit when copied the tutorial to paper. I've spent the afternoon building a Mint machine and have just finished Part 6 of your tutorial. - John
  6. Thank you Gina. I should have asked how do you get to the GUI not the Desktop as my Pi boots into text mode and when I sign in it simply goes to the command line. Nevertheless I'm sure I will work it out as even my pea sized brain can read without the need of large yellow arrows!
  7. Question from a Linux newbie to Gina or any other member who is following Gina's tutorial. I've got to Part 5. Para 2 reads '....... and view the Desktop' How do you get to the Desktop. I've entered a variety of code culled from internet searches without success. Thanks - John
  8. March. It's in Sainsbury's so I would guess most other places. - John
  9. Try Removing the ring on the end of the focuser and screw the flattener directly on to the tube. It MAY give you the extra mm but that approach will also provide a more secure connection free from movement. - John
  10. Digressing briefly. For those who don't take Astronomy Now they had a lengthy article on the 'scope and some improvement that can be made. I'm not sure if the 'Tune Up' makes sense as I do not have a 130PDS but for those who do it might be worth a look. - John
  11. Thanks Waldemar, I did update ASCOM to ver. 6.3 but with no success but in the light of your comment I will recheck it again when I get the laptop back from Lenovo as it seems John Lewis have sent it to them for repair! - John
  12. Thanks Dave. Last things first, I am controlling the mount by EQASCOM which I now have working fine with Cartes du Ciel. I will check all the points you make once I have the machine back. I did look for updated drivers for the camera but the only ones I could find did not work so I reverted to the ones on the CD which came with the camera. It may turn out that the problem is not with the laptop but if that is to be the case I find difficulty in understanding why the camera/software combination works on a host of other computers. - John
  13. Thanks for the advice and suggestions gentlemen. I have indeed changed the lead a number of times and used all the ports on the laptop. Removed and downloaded PHD2 countless times. With the camera connected DIRECTLY to the laptop I can not even build a Darks library without the PHD2 'hanging' with the time out and disconnection message. I have tried the camera (a Toupcam) with a variety of other computers (three desk tops, an elderly Toshba laptop and a small notebook (a Lenovo 100s)) all of which allowed PHD2 to perform as it should. I just needed some comfort level that I would not be faced with a similar issue if I invested in a replacement for the Levono 300. - John