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  1. This is the best I have come up with, I might need to extend the cable between the guide ports and the guide cam.. The cable is getting really stiff when it's cold outside..
  2. Hi does anyone use 'Skywire' via Skysafari to control a Celestron Evolution with the starsence accessory fitted? My queries are these: What is the maximum cable length that can be used and are there any suppliers? and does Skysafari recognise the starsence accessory for initial Goto alignment ? Thanks people Bill (Williamnohair)
  3. My Lynx Astro power cable arrived today and the skies were clear so I thought I would grab the chance to try it out. Unfortunately it clouded over before I got a real chance of getting any decent data. However I thought I would get something useful out of the evening and do a quick review of the cable. As with many items, the packaging is usually a good indicator of the quality of what lies within. For the Lynx power cable there was no zip seal plastic bag, but a sealed padded bubble wrap bag with the Lynx Astro logo on it. OK, its only a bag but it shows that Lynx seem to be taking great pride in their products. Opening the bag revealed a 5m long cable with a standard 12v, 5A fused plug and a 5.5 x 2.1 centre positive jack on the other end. Although this is intended, and sold for use with a SkyWatcher HEQ5 and similar mount. However I wanted to use this for powering my Atik 314L+ and knew the jack was compatible. Comparing the cable with the original power cable the difference is significant to say the least. You can see that this is a seriously beefed up cable compared to the OEM one. The plugs have plenty of strong strain relief and are very snug and secure, certainly no fear of the cable wearing at the plug and causing a weak connection. Fitting the cable into the camera was a very reassuringly tight (but not too tight) fit and with the strange angles the camera can get into I certainly did not feel like it would come loose of its own accord. Later measuring the dimensions of the plug it showed that is at the upper end of the tolerance for the socket (at around 5.7mm). Something that I think Lynx Astro have done deliberately to reduce the chance of cables coming loose on mounts which is often a problem with that type of socket. The silicone cable is soft and very pliable (unlike the original cable that I had) and it hung in smooth curves with no signs of kinks etc. With a few slews of the telescope you could see that the cable easily rolled over the legs of the tripod, reducing cable drag. The temperatures did not get below zero so no frost etc. But its obvious that this cable is going to remain very flexible down to silly temperatures. Out of curiosity I did actually measure the resistance of the cable to compare it to the original one that I was using. With my cheap multi-meter (so it's not the most scientific or accurate analysis), it turned out to have around 0.1Ω resistance, 0.5Ω less resistance than the OEM cable. OK, its not a lot but when you are running on battery and want the strongest, cleanest power to your mount or in my case camera, every little bit helps. The only criticism that I can really point to the cable is that the orange cable might not be to everyone's 'cup of tea', but in the pitch black (light pollution aside) it doesn't really matter what colour it is. The orange does help you spot it more easily compared to black cables in the dim red light of your head torch, hopefully helping in reducing any trip accidents if you do need to trail your power lead away from the mount. I do hope that they launch a version that is compatible with the SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT. Whilst the connector is not subject to the accidental power disconnection issues, the quality of the OEM cable is not the best, especially when compared to the Lynx Astro power cable. Hope you find this interesting/helpful, let me know your thoughts, especially if you have use this cable too.
  4. Well the lynx cable came yesterday for my EQ6 PRO from FLO,well packaged in a bubble wrap bag and comparing with my previous eqdirect cable, build wise much better, more professional looking , thicker round cable, metal D-sub with long thumb screws, moulded usb plug, £34 ok not cheap but about the norm for an EQdirect cable , quick check eqmod found straight off ,uses the fdti chip set so didn`t matter what usb port i used, still said com11, would recommend .
  5. Hi Further to my earlier post about a new laptop, I have now bought a 7 port usb hub (for future proofing). In deciding where to mount it, I decided it would be the time for an entire rethink of my cabling. Currently, I have 4x 5m usb all tied tightly together and 4x 5m power all tied together. Both cable groups come down from kit, in a large loop and attach to the tripod legs. The power all plug into an extension block attached to the leg. Then that leaves 4 usb to go to laptop. I'm thinking to eliminate cable drag it would be better to mount the hub directly on the scope. Is this OK to do? It wouldn't affect image quality? Compromise the mirror? Since anything attached to the scope doesn't move it seems better plus I'd only need 0.5m usbs. That then leaves only 1 usb cable going to the laptop. Cheers Joe
  6. Hi. Was going to test my new Shoestring focus controller (that i ordered in december!) today, but realized i don't have the correct cable. The Skywatcher AccuFocus has a four pin connector and the Shoestring uses a mono minijack. I tried googeling to find the pin layout so i could make one, but could not find it. Does anyone know the pinout for this cable? Thanks in advance. ( I could order one from Shoestring, but as it took two and a half month to get the controller, i guess there is a big backlog of orders )
  7. Bought these new to use on a mount with slow-motion control, and as the mount was not by Vixen, you guessed it... they didn't fit. So now up for grabs, for your Vixen Porta or other type mount, absolutely new, two slow-motion control cables. Looking for 20 euro for the pair - note: price in EUR (euro). Will ship to UK at cost. PayPal no fees or fees paid please. I welcome any queries or comments. Thanks for your interest.
  8. Hi I'm moving from a battery to a mains supply for my HEQ5 mount and foucsser, Ive just ordered a 12v 5a regulated power supply from Maplins which comes with a 5.5mm/2.1mm socket.Now have a few choices as to what to do about the cables. On ebay and Amazon I have come accross various lengths of splitter and extension cables with 5.5mm/2.1mm plug/socket mainly used for CCTV camera systems. These come in various lengths and I was wondering if anyone has any experience of these and their suitibility. Most state up to 12volts but few give the amps/watts. Like those in the attached picture. The other option is just to get a Cigarette to 5.5/2.1mm adapter cable and use the existing cables with the cigarette plugs/sockets. Any thoughts/suggestions greatly appreciated Pete
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