SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GPS Module
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:44 PM
I received my SkyWatcher GPS module from KSTElescopes yesterday and I connected it to the SynScan. The SynScan initialized, found the GPS unit and after a while the controller asked for the time zone and daylight or standard time. So I assumed it was working properly. Later that day, I went to try it out again. The SynScan went to initializing and never progressed. The instructions say that the initialization process should only take 2 seconds. After about 5 minutes, I shut down the mount, removed the GPS cable from the SynScan and started up the mount. All worked fine.
Today, I took the GPS and SynScan outside. I left the mount inside. I attached the GPS module to the SynScan, applied power, and the controller stuck in the initialization mode. I disconnected the power, disconnected the GPS module, powered the SynScan up and it worked properly.
Is there an issue with the GPS module? Does it need a firmware update? I updated the mount to V3.32.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:09 PM
When I first tried mine, it took quite a while for the GPS to get its info. I was doing it inside, so I figured it would take some time plus the manual says the first time would take a while. There is no update for the GPS that I am aware of. Mine came with three different cables. Not sure why. There was one with the RJ-11 and a female mouse connectors. This is the one I used. A second had RJ-11 and male mouse connectors, and a third had a female mouse and USB connectors. Not sure what the second one was for. The third one might be for updating the GPS. Sounds like you might have a defective mouse or cable?
Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:43 PM
Try installing the software that came on a mini CD along with the GPS. See if that can communicate with the GPS module. There is an instruction manual that comes on the CD that explains what all the cables are used for and how to use the software.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:35 PM
I installed the software onto my desktop PC and when I try to sync onto the unit, it failed. I will try tomorrow on my laptop as maybe being indoors caused the failure. I did have the GPS module near a window though.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:08 PM
Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:55 AM
I had the Baud rate set to 4800 and I had the correct COM port picked as well. I will try it again outide today.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:27 AM
I can live with it as long as it works with the HC by itself. no need to have it hooked up to the mount as it hold last location entered into it, and HC port could be used for something else when needed..
Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:54 AM
Brian at KWTelescopes is checking to see what the issue may be.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:06 AM
maybe try a reset then go outside.. its just a thought!
as I said, with mine it will not work whan hooked up to the mount but does work stand alone with HC.. maybe its a firmware problem in the HC. anybody know if that would be the problem..
Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:14 AM
Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:51 PM
The GPS module is working.
Thanks to all who responded to my request for assistance.
Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:39 PM
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