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  1. I also have a heq5 and an evostar 80ed on order since january. Have been told they might be arriving on a shipment early may, or maybe on the next shipment in june/july.😭

    Have thought about buying from the 2nd hand market, but since I ordered before the price rises, I wouldn't be making much of a saving. So, I will just have to be patient.

  2. 5 minutes ago, Stuart1971 said:

    Yes, exactly, it’s the driver interface software, you can run this on the RPI on your mount with all kit connected to it, and then run Kstars from a different PC in the house, (INdI server mode) or you can run it all from the RPI and then either VNC or teamviewer into the RPI desktop to control it all...I do the later....👍🏼

    I thought so. My plan is to run it all off the RPI(heard it's better this way, in case of any connectivity issues), and then use VNC on my laptop from the house, beer in hand😉

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  3. 19 minutes ago, Stuart1971 said:

    You won’t regret this, I did it two years ago, after constant Ascom issues, and have never looked back...INdI is superb and Kstars / Ekos also....👍🏼
    Any questions please ask...

    I think there might be a few questions, coming from a position of zero experience! 

    Question number 1 - I understand what kstars and ekos are, but am I right in saying that INdi is the equivalent of ascom? (Sorry if this is a stupid question)

  4. 15 minutes ago, teoria_del_big_bang said:

    Yes it will work. Thats the short answer 🙂 

    Like any cable if all soldered joints are good and cables are in good condition with wire designed for the current being taken then the weak link of any cable is the plug and socket.
    Even in good condition there will be slightly more resistance at that point and over time the plugs will become coated with some form of oxidation, maybe even start to corrode as they are outside a lot of the time. Also then sockets can work a bit looser so the contact is not as positive as when new.
    All these thinks can work to increase the resistance.
    Often we need a good 12V supply not 10.5, 11 and even below 11.5V can cause some issues very occasionally and so reducing the amount of plugs and sockets and also reducing cable lengths to say under 5M just makes good sense.

    By far the most reliable set-up with cables is to have no connectors at all and use good soldered joints everywhere.
    But obviously that is just not practical at all but not using lots of extensions introducing more plugs and sockets just makes good sense and certainly not using poor quality cables.

    All that said, the Baader cable looks a good quality cable and will be fine so long as you do not try to put too much current through it, but if just used to say run the mount then it will be fine.
    But many of us imagers have a lot of gear requiring 12V and sometimes with a fairly high current, mounts up to 2A, camera cooling 3A, dew bands 1A and so on, using power supplies capable of 10A or more. So if we fed all these through one of these cables that may make the total length 5M or more then that plug an socket may get hot if the connections are not perfect.
    Generally these plugs are only capable of 3 to 5A reliably at best.

    Also many cheap cables like this on Amazon and the rest use very thin wire and so be wary of these again if using any amount of current.

    Also watch out for the two types of plugs and sockets, 2.1 / 5.5 mm type and 2.5 / 5.5 mm type.
    This is a total pita as even the coloured tips is not consistent across manufacturers so difficult to tell which is which. Obviously if you ever manage to plug a 2.1 plug into a 2.5 socket then that plug is damaged and also plugging a 2.5 plug into a 2.1 socket means the centre pin either doesn't make contact or worse still makes partial contact and has a huge resistance.

    One last tip if using extension cables like this put a wrap of tape, like masking tape or similar around them to prevent accidently pulling them apart in the dark. Sometimes if only slightly pulled apart the resistance increases hugely.

    Sorry for the long response, as the real answer is yes, but I actually hate the fact that this type of plug has been adapted for almost all astro gear power, they really are not geared up for the currents we now demand for many setups. 





    Wow, thanks for the detailed reply! I had a feeling that it was not quite as simple as I thought!🙂 

    I did think of getting one from amazon/ebay initially, but as you mentioned, I was wary of the thickness and quality of these cables.

    The cable will only be powering the mount, so I will give this a go to see how it works. 


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  5. Hi,

    I have a similar cable to use with my HEQ5 which is also too short. I don't have the answer to your questions I'm afraid (seems like Billy has generously sorted you out anyway), but does anyone know if the baader extension cable FLO stock would do the trick?



  6. 6 minutes ago, wimvb said:

    🤔 do you think our wives know each other? I get the same reaction. Although, I tried to explain the concept of flat frames.

    Sounds familiar! To be fair, I've had something delivered almost every day for the past week, I think a ''small telescope to put on top of main telescope'' was the final straw! Especially as I had a ''2nd camera to make sure the first camera is pointing in the right direction'' delivered yesterday🙈


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  7. Another day, another new toy, cheap Svbony guide scope. When this arrived my wife's said 'Is that you're new telescope?'. Had to explain that this is a telescope to go on top of my new telescope.😂 She didn't even bother to ask any more questions


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  8. I have an Omegon Mini track LX2 mount for sale. I brought from another member in October 2020 from new (it was a warranty replacement), so it's in excellent condition. I have also added an additional adapter to it which allows a finder scope or laser finder to be attached for easier polar alignment, which cost about £15. 

    Had loads of fun with this, and managed to get 30-40 seconds exposures using 135mm lens, and much longer with shorter focal length lenses. Only selling as I have a HEQ5 mount on the way. 

    Looking for £80 delivered.



  9. I have a Omegon Polar Wedge for sale. Bought this from new last October, I have used this with my Minitrack. Only selling due to upgrading to a HEQ5. It's in very good condition, apart from a small mark on the bottom where I dropped it in the dark (as shown in pictures), but it's barely noticeable. 

    I'm looking for £40 plus £5 for 1st class signed for delivery.




  10. Managed to pick a second hand skywatcher focal reducer for the 80ed from astro b&s. It's like new and got it for a good price, so very happy! Still waiting for the scope to attach it to though😒. Hopefully it'll arrive in a couple of weeks🤞


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  11. 1 minute ago, Alien 13 said:

    The main reason I bought mine was that I needed portability, will run off a mobile phone power bank for ages..


    That's what I'm planning to do as well. I have a power bank lying around somewhere which I've never used

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  12. 46 minutes ago, Alien 13 said:

    There are quite a few of us now using Coowoo dew heaters, great bit of kit..


    I'm glad you approve! Seemed like a decent and cheap option compared to buying a dew strip + controller for more than twice the price

  13. 1 hour ago, Rustang said:

    I've got the below dew heater off Amazon with its own controller built in, its been working a treat on my SW80 ED. Just plug the USB end into a phone charger plug then straight into the mains. I actually use two, one on my guide scope as well! 👍



    Thanks for this. I thinks this is the route I'm going to take, what length dew band did you get for the 80ed?

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