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  1. Ross, I wonder if you have run the power supply without any load. Does it still get very hot? Do you have a meter to measure the current to your rig. If not a simple test meter is a worthwhile investment to sort this issue and will come in very handy for future problems. - John
  2. Are they trusted?

    They are one of a number of premier dealers in secondhand kit. In my experience, having bought my 600d from them, highly recommended.
  3. Skywatcher synscan WiFi adapter

    There seems to be limited info. I particular I wonder if anyone has the optimal distance between mount and controller (iPad etc.j
  4. Another HEQ5 power question.

    Yep - You build a box, put a voltmeter on the front of it, and then ignore it. Old age and approaching senility I suppose. - John
  5. Another HEQ5 power question.

    Thanks again David. I believe I do have that spec sheet and I will look it out when I get home. I was originally concerned that there may be a problem when I saw the led on the mount flashing but as Gav suggests this is normal as the voltage drops. Having said that I clearly need to ensure the battery is fully charged before each session. I have it enclosed in a box so I can’t easily see the leds. - John
  6. Another HEQ5 power question.

    Many thanks for the replies gentlemen. Another issue to keep an eye on for this newbie. Billy, I will do just that. Hope it's not Kapput. Can't afford another Tracer at this time.
  7. During use of the mount last night I noticed the power indicator led was flashing. I was running on battery and, on checking, the voltage had dropped to 11.8v. I’ve never seen this happen before (the flashing that is). The led returned to a steady glow when the mount was powered from a mains p/supply. I wonder if someone can tell me if this indication is built in to the mount firmware. Many thanks - John
  8. Star Adventurer or the Mini Version?

    Astronomy Now has a review of the 'Mini' version in this months issue.
  9. Heq5

    See:- http://skywatcher.com/download/software/synscan-v3-hand-controller-firmware/
  10. ... and Blimey again! As a very new boy I was nevertheless always unhappy with the stock focuser which came with my 80ED. (I could not cure the slippage) Having fitted the Moonlite it is as different as chalk to cheese. I can’t of course challenge Olly’s comments and I may well be disappointed as the system gets more use but for the moment the focuser is as solid as a rock with camera, filter wheel and flattener hanging on the end. - John
  11. Win 10 Creators update

    Take care folks. The 'Fall Creators Update' is due on the 17th of October when you may have to do it all again!
  12. Skyscan goto

    Toggling the scroll keys inputs E or W. You should be able to download the manual from the SW site or IMVHO a little bit better version from Orion is here It's a wee bit more helpful (assuming you have the V4 SynScan h/s.)
  13. SynScan memory

    No hemisphere setting that I can see David but setting the latitude prefixed 'N' should tell it where it is.
  14. SynScan memory

    Thanks once again David, I'll bear your comments in mind. I have a more pressing issue at the moment in that when pressing the westerly slew key the 'scope slews east and vice versa when the easterly slew key is pressed. As the slew control keys on the EQMod ASCOM control panel work as they should I can only assume that I have input some info wrongly. Having researched the issues others have had and having been over it a number of times and I am d*****d if I can see what it is. I updated the firmware before starting out initializing the handset yesterday and I am coming to the conclusion that there may have been a glitch in the process. I am going to try again this morning. - John
  15. SynScan memory

    Thanks again David. I'm not too sure that I have understood the way of using either EQMod or the handset without swapping cables. I connect the computer to the mount using a Lynx EQ Direct cable, via a hub. This has an 8pin RJ45 connector on the mount end (and a USB3 connector on the other) Are you saying that connecting the computer directly to the handset's RJ12 Multi-Purpose port effectively does away with the EQ Direct cable? If that were indeed the case that would give me a problem since I only have an RJ45 port on the lap top and of course a second cable would be needed. Like many a poor soul I have to set up the rig in the garden for each session and the whole thing is controlled over a single USB from the house. That works well although I have recently added a focuser and I've not yet had chance to try it. It may be data overload!! I don't really want to add more cables if I can avoid it. There are a myriad of things I don't already know about this hobby David. I continues to be a long, long learning curve. - John