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  1. Many thanks for the responses. Since posting the question I have noticed another oddity. I set the COM port as COM3 which is the same as I had set for EQMOD but looking at W10 Device Manager I now have both COM3 and COM4 with the EQMOD having been changed to COM4 with no input from me! Again everything appears to be in order. Everything connects, the mount slews as it should and the focuser moves in and out on command from the SGPro interface. I have only just finished the installation this morning so I've not had any chance to image so far. The whole kit is run using a 5m length of USB cable to a USB3 powered hub so I've yet to find out if the traffic from the camera is going to upset things. Fingers crossed. - John
  2. I now have the focuser fitted and having pressed connect in SGP everything seems to work fine however I notice one anomaly. The Lakeside utility program will not connect to the focuser without first disconnecting the focuser from SGP. Although this is not a major issue I wonder if any member of the forum using the same set up finds a similar problem. Thanks - John
  3. Depends a little on the definition of !short!. My HEQ5 is connected to the laptop via a 5ft USB3 cable plus a 2ft USB2 extension. It carries EQMOD signals as well as SGPro input from the camera.
  4. mpb currently have a 600D with a shutter count of less than 8k for £214. I use one. The tilt screen is a godsend. Not sure how much the cost of modding would be but as has been said (jimbo747) it appears to be a DIY opportunity.
  5. Thanks chaps, I'll have a conversation with Ian King when he returns form holiday. - John
  6. Now that my kit is performing OK I intend to add a motorised focuser operated via a USB link from the house (EQMOD/SGPro). The LakesideAstro focuser comes up regularly on a Google search. I wonder if any members have experience of the USB version of this focuser (good or bad) or if indeed there are any other similar units out there that come recommended. Any observations would be appreciated. (No pun intended ) Thanks - John
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. March. It's in Sainsbury's so I would guess most other places. - John