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  1. Just to reiterate, using units of arc-seconds RMS is preferable when quoting guiding accuracy as it is the same for all users and hardware configurations. Pixels on the other hand are hardware configuration dependent, and explain why you would see numerically larger error on a system where the guide system used a higher image scale (arc seconds per pixel).
  2. Are you quoting your guide error RMS in arcseconds, or pixels, as PHD displays both. I always use arcseconds as it is the same unit in all cases, while pixels depend on individual setups. I have also found my guiding accuracy actually improved when using my C11/OAG when compared to my ED80 with guide scope. My typical guiding with the guide-scope (300/60 mm, asi290mm) is around 0.8 arcsec RMS. When using my C11 + reducer /OAG (1850mm focal length) I get 0.6 rms typical, and as low as 0.4 with good seeing.
  3. CTRL-SHIFT-1 all at the same time syncs for me using the 0.19.3 with direct ASCOM. CTRL-3 was the stellarium scope equivalent.
  4. I've had good luck with the C11 on the EQ6-R. I use it with a focal reducer, so the effective focal length is 1850. My typical guiding error is between 0.6 and 0.7 arcsec RMS, which I view as very good for a mount in the price range of the EQ6-R. As far as buying recommendations for a used C11 I'm afraid I don't have any tips for you. I bought mine new and am happy with it.
  5. Also check that the screw tip is not caught behind the black plastic insert inside the counter weight. That happened to me once, and I kept tightening the screw but the weight just kept on slipping. The plastic ring had shifted and the screw tip was pushing on the plastic rather than making contact with the counterweight shaft.
  6. My C11 imaging rig is at the high end of the weight capacity of the EQ6-R, so I use the maximum amount of weight I can at the top of the shaft, and a small weight further down for fine adjustments. My guide error with typical seeing in this configuration is around 0.65 arsec RMS, and 0.4-0.5 under good seeing.
  7. To minimize the load on the mount drive motors and maximize your guiding performance, it is best to use a higher amount of counterweight at the top of the shaft, rather than a lower amount at the bottom. The reason for this is that while he righting moment (the force that balances the scope) goes up linearly with distance from the point of rotation, the polar/rotational moment of inertia goes up by the square of the distance. It is the polar moment that the mount must overcome when making guiding adjustments, so a lower moment reduces the load on the motor, and allows for quicker more accurate guiding adjustments.
  8. Make sure the pulse guide rate is 0.5 or above in your EQMOD settings. It often defaults to 0.1, which is not high enough and will cause issues when PHD2 attempts to calibrate due to lack of star movement.
  9. Not sure if you still need this answer, but I believe the EQ6-R worm has 180 teeth. That value comes from the below page in the EQMOD docs. From what I can tell the EQ6-R and the AZ/EQ-6 GT share the same drive components. http://eq-mod.sourceforge.net/prerequisites.html
  10. One other thing I forgot to say, it is best to tune your PHD2 settings on a target fairly close to the celestial equator, something with a DEC between +/-20.
  11. Droogie, I sounds like the mount was not responding enough per PHD2 command as my calibration step is set to 600. Check your ASCOM PulseGuide settings in EQMOD by clicking the icon of the wrench with three red >>> symbols. My RA and DEC rates are x0.50, min pulse width of 20 and a DEC backlash of 0. If you change any of these values you will need to force a PHD2 re-calibration. Another thing to try is running the PHD2 'Guiding Assistant'. It will evaluate your setup and suggest setting changes to improve it. Hope this helps. Scott
  12. Droogie, I believe EQMOD gets the date/time from the laptop and uses that. I don't use the handset at all, so I can't say what if any data it can pass to EQMOD when connected through the handset. I can say that when using the EQDirect cable you must enter the lat/long of your observing site into EQMOD. It will persist the location you enter so you only need to do that once unless you change your observing site location. As for the Alignment points I believe those would populate if you did a normal star alignment and synced the location with EQMOD. As you say you will not need to do that as long as you are plate solving to the target via SGP. You have several options in terms of what plate solver SGP uses, which one have you chosen? I use the locally installed ansvr since I don't have internet at my observing site. It has worked very well for me: https://adgsoftware.com/ansvr/ Clear skies and let us know how it goes. Thanks, Scott
  13. Droogie, Your setup sounds very similar to mine as I use EQMOD and SGP with my EQ6-R. With the mount connected to the laptop via the EQ direct cable I don't bother with any star alignment. After polar aligning with SharpcapPro and returning the mount to the 'home/park' position, I simply start SGP, connect to the mount and run the sequence. It slews fairly close to the target, plate solves to within my pre-defined error limit and done. SGP will then automatically sync the final position back to EQMOD and any subsequent slews are usually spot on. If your EQ6-R is anything like mine you will love the results. Last Friday I was able to use the mount under near perfect conditions, with no wind and better than our usual poor seeing conditions. With my 32lbs of scope + cameras the mount averaged 0.53 arcsec RMS over a 4 hour period according to PHD2. Can't really ask for more than that. Scott
  14. javaruba, I just looked at the photo you uploaded of the voltage reading with the power tank attached, and as you know its already below 12 volts. It will only drop once higher load is placed on the battery. Thats the issue here, the EQ6-R really needs a higher voltage than a lithium Ion 12volt can supply. If you pull the voltage meter back up on the hand control and slew the mount with the arrow keys at max rate, you will see the voltage drop. Once it hits 11.0 or less the mount will stall. The higher starting voltage of a lead acid battery avoids this problem. I'm using an 18 amp hour sealed lead acid and have powered the mount for over 6 hours in below freezing temps without issue.
  15. javaruba, I had the exact same problem as you describe when I first used my EQ6-R and I to was powering it from a large Lithium Ion battery. Mine stalled exactly as you describe, as documented on page 4 of this thread. I replaced the lithium battery with a sealed lead acid model and have had zero issues with the mount ever since. I used the sysnscan hand controller voltage meter function to monitor the voltage while slewing the mount. With the lithium ion battery the voltage would start at 12, but when slewing would drop, and once it got to 11.0 volts or less, the mount would stall. The LED light on the mount would often stay on solid and not indicate an issue by flashing. The sealed lead acid battery has a higher voltage at over 13 volts and is a better match to the requirements of the EQ6-R.
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