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I had a Hip replacement in 2016 and have not been 100% since so I have not setup my CEM60 Mount more than 2 times since then as it is ungainly to haul in and out of the house now compared to before the surgery. I miss my solar imaging and am strongly considering an iOptron Permanent Pier I have not found any videos on how to set it up though. I was also wondering what I should do about running wiring permanently as well or continue to haul it out every setup I do not and can not have an actual observatory so I run the wires from the livingroom laptop out a window (with a board the has 2 strips of foam on the edges and a notch cut in one corner for the wires to pass through. I am not sure if I just want to toss weather/UV proof bags over the mount once the pier is done or buy a small plastic garden shed and hope it does not blow away in a storm.
I also am trying to figure out how to make my window board hold a USB hub setup so I use shorter cables... I designed an idea of what I want based on an old antenna wire window pass through I have for Ham Radio. I have added images of the antenna window pass through and the Minds eye design of what I THINK I want for the Astronomy USB connections. might add a serial to USB port to the board...
Hi, Everyone could with a little advice on connecting a my Synscan v4 to my laptop.
I now how to do it and also know about USB serial adapters, what i am wondering is my laptop has a RJ11 coms port but in the Synscan V4 Manual it says you need a RJ12 port as the cable supplied is RJ12. The RJ12 cable fits into the RJ11 perfectly
Is there much difference in these and could i still connect using the method or do i have to go and buy the USB serial adapter?
if anyone can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated.
I am a BYE user with my trusty Cannon 450d and EQ6 Mount and all works a treat
My cable setup is straight forward
USB with 4 ports
Port 1 - Cannon Camera
Port 2 Guide Camera
Then a cable between Guide Scope and Mount
Guiding is with PHD2
All works well
So I would like to now add Stellarium for target selection and Astro tortilla for solving - and there is plenty of info on line about configuration - but very little on cable connection etc
Do i need more cables - I have no idea (suspect I do)
To have all the needed equipment easy to use and functional is important out there in the dark. I have earlier built an astroserver and put it in a box with wheels together with a car battery. That was in mind of to be portable. The astroserver work as a standalone unit and I control it remotly. As I see it it's a lot of advantages to have it like that when doing astrophotography.
You can read about the details here:
But now when I'm ready to start to use my new observatory there is some different needs that the astroserver and it's power unit must be corrected for. My old astroserver works very well so I will keep most of the parts but remove the battery from it and have the battery stationary in the observatory. There are some other details that I have corrected too.
As usual I have taken some photos and written text to it so you can follow my work:
I hope you find something you can use, or at least one little small detail.
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 ?