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adyj1

SynScan 'AZ' Handset with EQ5 / EQ6 pro ?

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Hi,

I've got one of the cheap Skywatcher SynScan  AZ mounts (like this one: Synscan AZ (with Skyhawk 1145p) ) and the handset has a 'Synscan AZ' sticker on it (see pic.).  It runs the v3 synscan firmware (an old version for now, until I can get a cable).

I've seen a couple of the EQ 'Pro' mounts advertised without a handset (as they've been using EQDIR) and wondered whether this handset would work with those mounts? I know I will need to get get the appropriate connector for the mount end of the cable; (I think EQ5 uses RJ11 and EQ6 uses RJ45)

I have read that all Synscan handsets should work with all Skywatcher EQ mounts, but as mine has an 'AZ' sticker, I thought I'd check and see whether anyone has actually done it with one of these...

Thanks

Ady

 

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14 minutes ago, adyj1 said:

Hi,

I've got one of the cheap Skywatcher SynScan  AZ mounts (like this one: Synscan AZ (with Skyhawk 1145p) ) and the handset has a 'Synscan AZ' sticker on it (see pic.).  It runs the v3 synscan firmware (an old version for now, until I can get a cable).

I've seen a couple of the EQ 'Pro' mounts advertised without a handset (as they've been using EQDIR) and wondered whether this handset would work with those mounts? I know I will need to get get the appropriate connector for the mount end of the cable; (I think EQ5 uses RJ11 and EQ6 uses RJ45)

I have read that all Synscan handsets should work with all Skywatcher EQ mounts, but as mine has an 'AZ' sticker, I thought I'd check and see whether anyone has actually done it with one of these...

Thanks

Ady

 

 

The AZ handset will work with a Synscan EQ mount if it is running the recent version of the Synscan firmware. The firmware will detect the type of mount, az or eq, automatically select the correct alignment routine for the mount. To connect the handset to a Synscan eq mount you will need a cable, a cat5 network cable for EQ3, EQ5 and HEQ5 or the appropriate one for the other mounts.

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Yes, I had one with this sticker on, and I flashed it with the latest firmware and now it works with any Skywatcher mount.

James

 

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3 hours ago, jambouk said:

Yes, I had one with this sticker on, and I flashed it with the latest firmware and now it works with any Skywatcher mount.

James

 

Thanks for replying James. Have you used it with any other SW mount? 

Ady

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I've used it with:

AZEQ6

NEQ6

HEQ5

AZ GOTO 

I think I also used it on an EQ2-3 when I was helping to trouble shoot some problems someone was having agter they'd fitted motors to that. So yes, pretty much works on any SW mount. I've not used it on an EQ8 or an AZEQ5 or the new 6.

James

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Thanks James. Just the info I needed. ☺ 

Ady

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