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About festoon

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  1. As I am now definately going to Kelling this weeknd, the £630 includes delivery if you want to meet me there. After this weekend I will be looking for £630 and the buyer will have to either collect or pay for shipping.
  2. Skywatcher EQ6 Pro GOTO Equatorial Mount with synscan controller and tripod. The mount is 3 years old and goto/tracks excellently. Has upgraded latitude bolts and synscan vs3.35. Comes with Polarscope and counterweight. I could not find the holder that hold the handset, so since a while now I've used velcro to hold the handset. If required the holder can usually be picked up second hand or places like astroboot for less than a tenner (e.g http://www.astroboot.co.uk/AstroBoot/telescope-and-astronomy-stuff.html?highlight=AB9692#AB9692). This in no way effects the use of the mount. Inspection welcome. Due to the weight of the item pickup is preferred, although may post if buyer is willing to pick up the additional cost and risk. PS could deliver to Kelling this weekend if required Looking for £650, but will accept £630 for quick sale. Also advertised on astrobuysell
  3. ps open to reasonable offers for the book if anyone is interested
  4. For Sale, I have 2 copies of the book "Choosing and Using a Dobsonian Telescope" in excellent condition. This book is by the amazing Neil English and is part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series Price £18 each including postage.
  5. Thanks for the info Mark 😀 Im also wondering how heavy the mount and tripod is together. I have an eq6 and heq5 and find the heq5 mount and tripod is about the maximum I can carry without struggling 😀
  6. Hi FLO, How does the weight of these mounts compare with say an HEQ5? And what size of SCT OTA will this fit up to max e.g. C925 or C8 Thank you :)

    Thanks for the very helpful advice Chris 😀 Top SGL user!

    Thanks Chris! As I mentioned in my earlier post, I did have a go, but did not get very far. I have an EQDIR cable on order so will try that next week? Just out of interest how would I know if I did any damage? I just did a visual session and nothing seemed to be wrong

    OK...so I tried this, and on setting up EQMOD I got as far as trying to find the port. Unfortunately the port could not be found by the software. Any ideas what to try. I know the usb rs232 driver installed OK. I have latest ascom installed. and USB connected directly to mount port (labelled handcontroller)

    Thanks Julian I'll give it a go Is there anything that can go horribly wrong if say the wiring is incorrect...for the sake of a few pounds I dont want to destroy my HEQ5

    Thank you Martin Am I able to bypass the handset and just plug the mount to the computer?

    Hello, I want to control my HEQ5 pro synscan mount via my laptop computer by ASCOM via EQDIR (not through/via synscan handcontroller). I understand there are EQDIR cables you can buy (e.g. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/lynx-astro-ftdi-eqdir-usb-adapter-for-sky-watcher-eq5-pro-heq5-syntrek-pro-az-eq5-gt-az-eq6-gt-and-eq8-mounts.html). If I understand correctly with EQDIR I connect the PC directly to the RJ45 handset connection on the mount. However after searching in my garage I thought maybe I have components to do this already. I have a USB to RS232 connector and a RJ45 to RS232 cable (see pics below). If I connet these together will this work or is there something special about the EQDIR cables?
  13. Guide scope and accessories for sale

    Hi Ian, I know this has been here for a while but is the EQDIR cable still for sale...if so I'd be happy to buy