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colin211252

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  1. Here's some information for beginners (like me) who want to totally remote their telescopes: If you want to extend your USB via an Ethernet cable you can buy: Ranger 2304-GE This is the LAN version i.e. you can set an IP address into it. BEWARE! the GE is very important as this makes sure it has the ISOCHRONOUS1 standard which will apparantly work with all the different video standards including all the ZWO cameras. Ranger 2204 This is the same as the above and works by converting USB to Ethernet but it has no IP setting and so is point to point i.e. not networkable. As for me I have ordered a PC on a stick https://www.pccasegear.com/products/33146/pc-on-a-stick-with-windows-10---intel-inside/ and will use RDP to control it and drag & drop to retrive files for processing locally. Should even work if I'm away from home. I'm sure there will be a few bugs but should be able to sort out easy enough (famous last words).
  2. It worked with the focus control no problem so I know it wasn't faulty but wouldn't even work with a 1m length of cat5 and I took the rate down to 1 x frame per second.
  3. Hi Geoff, Thanks for the info, food for thought there. I am familiar with RS232 spec and the sawn off 5v version. It has made me consider that there is a risk that the syscan controller may not have been (pin for pin) compatible with the RJ45 to USB converter but I've already tested the onse I have and it seems to work ok but only over the short distances so on recomendation I have ordered a 2304 USB extender which will hopefully arrive this week.
  4. Well I received my Ranger 2304 today and happily connected it. It seems to work with the focuser but won't do anything with my ZWO ASI120MC. After a check on the internet I see that may models of ZWO won't work with the 2304. Going to see if they will take it back into stock. I should have done the research but that's me, always impulsive. Colin
  5. Hi Geoff, Thanks for the info, food for thought there. I am familiar with RS232 spec and the sawn off 5v version. It has made me consider that there is a risk that the syscan controller may not have been (pin for pin) compatible with the RJ45 to USB converter but I've already tested the onse I have and it seems to work ok but only over the short distances so on recomendation I have ordered a 2304 USB extender which will hopefully arrive this week.
  6. Thanks Waldemar, I'll give it a go and let you know the results. Thanks again for the help Cheers Colin PS I lived in Holland for more that 3 years in Uithoorn, Crooswijk and Zwanenberg. Many great memories including the berth of our two sons James Jan and Robert Willem.
  7. Waldemar, My SynScan is RJ45, did you just convert it to USB first and plug it into the 2304 then convert it back again at the other end?
  8. Thanks Geoff, I've gone for a more expensive/more stable solution on the grounds that having spend a couple of thousand dollars it's best not to skimp on the media transporting the imgage. As recominded to me I have ordered the Icron Ranger 2304, Thanks again for responding. Colin
  9. Many thanks for the help Waldemar, that was exactly the info I needed and I've placed an order already. I assume that you convert from ethernet to USB and back again for the SynScan controller as there doesn't appear to be an RJ45 input, just the rJ45 sockets for the Ethernet. Bedankt voor de Hulp Cheers Colin
  10. Greetings, This is my first post. I have a Saxon 8" with an HEQ5. I am mounting this on a peer in the garden and I am going to remote control everything from my hobby room. I am going to use USB/Ethernet/USB (USB to Ethernet on each end) for the video from the camera (ZWO ASI120MC) and the Shoestring remote focus. and I will put the Synscan down another Ethernet cable. I have tested this using only a 1 meter Ethernet cable and it works fine. If I try it on a very long Ethernet cable it won't work for either use. Just wondering if anyone else has done this and what sort of lengths it goes over. I need it to run over approximately 20m length but don't want to cut two lengths and then find it won't work. Thanks in advance Colin
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