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https://stargazerslounge.com/forum/14-member-equipment-reviews/?do=add#https://stargazerslounge.com/forum/14-member-equipment-reviews/?do=add#https://stargazerslounge.com/forum/14-member-equipment-reviews/?do=add#My 12V power supply died when my beloved left it flat....
I looked around at possibly a new Powertank and found this.
Yes it really is not much bigger than my mobile phone if a fair bit thicker.
It has a good LED torch built in to annoy folks at star parties but no red light.... mind I always found the powertank difficult to balance on my head when observing so use a head torch.
Is it man enough to do the job???
well correct me if I am wrong but the charge is bigger than the large powertank I had. AND its designed to jump start your car....... WHOOOOOHHH
It comes with car Jump leads, a 12V out socket (.... yes only one but it will take a double adapter) , two USB leads to fit its 2 USB charging ports and a very sexy case.
It was also a lot cheaper.....
What do you guys think, anyone used one yet. I will let you know when darkness returns.
Clear DARK skies.
By MnB Deano
This is my first post to SGL, but it's certainly not my first visit. I've been a reguar leech to the wealth of information on here and have amassed a plethora of equipment for exploring the night sky that evolved from an 8" 200P Dobsonian, and finally up to its current "Mark IV" as the 8" Newtonian Equitorial you can see in the photo. I'm aware of the ettuiqette here, and this isn't a "hello" post, no.
This is me sharing my write-up for the 12v Power Supply that I made myself in the eventual journey to my fully remote observatory (hopefully opening 2018) at the end of my garden. Hoping to maybe give something back to the community that i've taken so much knowledge and tips/tricks from over the last 18months; because 19months ago, I'd never even put my eye to a telescope eyepiece and now I'm flocked, guided, and powered. So thank you everyone for that.
I've written half of the write up for it last night, pt 2 to follow soon I hope it's ok to share an external link to my personal Blog: http://milkandbourbons.tech/telescope-power
Finally, its not in the Blog just yet, but here's the picture of the final, finished powersupply. It's a little rough looking 'cos I didn't order as much wire as I should have, but it does the job amazingly!
Thanks for reading!
Well the lynx cable came yesterday for my EQ6 PRO from FLO,well packaged in a bubble wrap bag and comparing with my previous eqdirect cable, build wise much better, more professional looking , thicker round cable, metal D-sub with long thumb screws, moulded usb plug, £34 ok not cheap but about the norm for an EQdirect cable , quick check eqmod found straight off ,uses the fdti chip set so didn`t matter what usb port i used, still said com11,
would recommend .
I have recently acquired an EQ5 Pro mount and wish to control it using EQMOD, however, I cannot control the mount with a cable linking directly to the SynScan EQ5 switch box.
This does work;
USB to Serial converter plugged into Windows 8.1 laptop Cable from Serial converter to SynScan hand controller Hand controller set to 'PC Direct' With the above configuration everything works fine. I have read somewhere that it is advisable to take the hand controller out of circuit all together so, to this end, I have purchased a Serial to RJ45 connector lead. So I have configured the setup like this;
USB to serial converter plugged into Windows 8.1 laptop (as 1. above) New cable goes from Serial converter directly to 'Hand Controller' socket on the SynScan EQ5 switch box (SynScan Hand Controller now completely out of circuit) This does not work!
With power at the mount turned on when I select 'ASCOM Connect' via the EQASCOM Toolbox, the EQMOD HEQ5/6 window opens with a 'Connect Error: Timeout'. I understand that this error message would indicate that the Port has been found OK but there is no response from the mount. I have double checked the COM port number but it is fine. I have tried a second USB to Serial adaptor I have and it gives me the same result - a 'timeout' error. The only thing I can see that is at fault is the Serial to RJ45 cable between the Serial adaptor and the SynScan unit. This cable is brand new so not likely (although not impossible) to be the cause.
Has anybody else had this issue with the EQ5 Pro mount or am I missing something fundamental ?
Thanks for looking.
I recently purchased a EQ5 mount with synscan. But rather then use the car adaptor running though a 3 pin convertor i bought a 12v 500mA DC power supply. The back of the manual states it requires 100mA (see image). So here i am thinking great this will do. Wrong. Its enough to start the hand controller and go through all the set up but it doesnt seem to move any motors. This being my first attempt i wasnt sure if i was doing something wrong. Did the brakes need releasing? - No. are the cables going to the right sockets? - Yes. After much head scratching i went back to to start and used the supplied 12v car style plus in a convertor i had. Sure enough it all worked perfectly. okay went back to my 500mA and nope nothing worked. After searching the house for a 12v 1A DC supply with the correct plug and trying that, Sure enough it all works fine. Have they simply missed a '0' off the manual or am i missing something else here? Tomorrow i'll probably go an exchange it for this 12V 1000mA Power supply. I'll let you know how i fair. And for anyone checking for power supplies (Like i did) your looking for a 5.5mm x 2.1mm power tip to for the unit.