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So my birthday just past so money to splash on astro stuff , i will have my 1000D modded by juan at cheapastrophotography and also have ordered an autofocuser from deepsky dad https://deepskydad.com/autofocuser i know they can be done DIY but this is a neat package and costs about the same as a SW autofocuser and a hitechastro focusmaster and i`m no electronic wizard and pavel seems to have a good product and works with ascom and confirmed it works with APT i will update in a few weeks time when hopefully i will have received and tried out .
The performance of the Mesu200 is unquestionable excellent, and I'm very happy with the performance I get from mine with a 10" Quattro riding on top. It performs very well handling a pixelresolution of 0.94" (camera resolution not the RMS which is much better of course).
Planning for a future permanent setup under excellent seeing, I wonder if there are any users who has experience regarding the upper limit of the Mesu200 for photographic use.
It's tempting to try with a large newton astrograph, but wonder how it would handle a weight close to 60 kg and 0.5" pixel resolution. Common sense tells me to aim for less and not go beyond 40 Kg/1600 mm focal length.
Bit of a strange one. I have a NEQ6 which I control with EQASOM for imaging using SGP and PHD2 for guiding and have recently replaced the HC connection to the pc with an Lynx Astro FTDI EQdir cable.
First time I used it it worked perfectly, it connected straight away, the guiding was good and SGP found the target without any issues. But I tried it again last night and whilst SGP worked perfectly, plate solved the image and moved directly to the target, PHD2 wouldn't connect to the scope. I selected the correct ASCOM mount from phd2 dropdown list but the EQASCOM connected briefly then disconnected with a display saying that it had failed to find the correct port. I tried adjusting the settings next to the mount selection tab and ensured it had pulse guiding selected but still no joy.
As a result the phd2 software is not sending guide commands to the mount.
The funny thing is that PHD2 will connect to EQASCOM if done so before SGP is connected but then the subsequent connection to SGP fails. But with PHD2 connected on its own its still not sending signals to the mount.
Is this a faulty cable or is it a EQDIR driver problem or even an issue with PHD2 or EQASCOM?
Any help would be appreciated as I am a loss as to how to rectify the situation.
After 6 months of working perfectly my neq6 refuses to sync with sgp.
After completing the solve and sync feature, the plate solve RA and DEC coords remain unchanged on SGPs control panel.
Its also affecting the plate solving. I end up using Astronomy.Net as the PlateSolve2 usually fails.
I've tried reinstalling the latest ASCOM platform and skywatcher software. I've updated the Hand Control software. The user profile settings in SGP are correct but still no joy.
All other functions work ok.
Is there a function in SGP to overwrite the telescope coords displayed in Control Panel?
Anybody recommend any tips I could try.
After a few months waiting for this astro jewel piece of equipment the Mesu 200 arrived a few weeks ago. From then on I designed the new adhoc designed pier.
I haven't started calibratring everything yet. The following days I will do so.
Right now very excited with the new setup!