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Dec

EQASCOM PHD2 & SGP Problem

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Hi,

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.

Thanks

 

Dec

 

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Yeah that was my first thought but why would SGP connect and operate ok and PHD2 fail. I also tried it in a different port on my laptop and still no luck.

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Thanks Louise, that's a great help. I'll give that a go.

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Maybe PHD2 has a different profile for the new ascom connection and your SGP sequence is pointed at the old PHD profile.

Try opening SGP, open your sequence, open control panel, Auto Guide and settings and then select the correct PHD2 profile. Save the sequence and test again, if it works then save the sequence as an equipment profile so your future sequences use this setting.

You can update any old sequences by opening them and choosing File, Apply Profile to Sequence.

HTH

Ian

 

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Thanks Ian, I’ll give that a try too. Appreciate your help.

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On ‎14‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 12:26, SyedT said:
On ‎29‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 16:46, Dec said:

Thanks Ian, I’ll give that a try too. Appreciate your help.

 

Hi Dec, did you ever resolve this? I had the same thing happen last night out of the blue. Such a waste of a clear night too!!

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EDIT: *removed*

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On 15/02/2019 at 06:57, CrashEd said:

Hi Dec, did you ever resolve this? I had the same thing happen last night out of the blue. Such a waste of a clear night too!!

I fixed this by running all programs at the same level i.e. with Admin privileges. 

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