festoon Posted March 2, 2017 Share Posted March 2, 2017 (edited) Hello everyone I have an old C8 which I'm hoping to collimate by using metaguide. I have a QHY5L-ii camera and a HEQ5 pro synscan mount or my EQ6 pro synscan. What I'm hoping to do is to carry this out indoors so I at least get used to the process before trying it on real stars outside. I've downloaded and installed the program on my laptop and also taken a good read of the instruction manual. The laptop does have a serial port. Does anyone have experience of doing this, and can give me a bit of advice? To do this in a normal size room, from what I understand I will need a convex mirror and an artificial star or small LED. I should plug the St4 connection from my QHY camera straight into the autoguider port of my mount. And the QHY will be connected to the PC by USB. Is this correct? Alternatively the manual talks about it being better to use ASCOM as this automatically reads the RA and DEC values. The difference being I have to connect the serial port from my laptop to the mount. One question is how do I connect the serial port to the mount (whether it be EQ6 or HEQ6)? On the HEQ5 would I need a serial port to ST4 cable and plug this into the autoguider port? For the EQ6 would I use a Serial to serial cable and connect the Serial port of my laptop to the hand controller port of the mount, or, as with the heq5, would I need a serial port to ST4 cable and plug this into the autoguider port of the mount? Edited March 2, 2017 by festoon Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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