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#1 orion69

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:46 PM

I ordered EQ8, it will probably arrive within few weeks.
Not really familiar with Skywatcher mounts so I have few questions.
I controlled my present mount (CGEM) with Maxim DL (and some other software) using Celestron ASCOM driver.
Mount was connected with RS232 cable from connector on the bottom of HC to COM port USB adapter.

I presume EQ8 can be connected that way too?
Also, can EQ8 mount use Celestron ASCOM driver for control via Maxim DL?

I'm not using EQMOD.

Thx

#2 Phil Sherman

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 06:51 PM

EQ8 like all goto Synta mounts can be run by computer. Your Celestron ASCOM driver is the wrong software to use. You want EQASCOM, also known as EQMOD. There's a YAHOO group for it. Join the group and you can download not only the software but a number of additional programs that work with it.

EQMOD has one of the best pointing models I've seen for a mount control program. If you have a permanent observatory, you can save and reuse your sky model for future observing sessions. If you are using a portable setup, it takes only 10-15 minutes to build a model that's accurate enough to put targets near the center of your imaging chip. EQMOD also has a polar alignment assist facility that will accurately position the RA axis for you to align Polaris using the polarscope reticle.

I've been very happy using EQMOD with both my Sirius and Atlas mount.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:49 AM

EQMOD is awesome, you will love it!

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:27 AM

EQ8 like all goto Synta mounts can be run by computer. Your Celestron ASCOM driver is the wrong software to use. You want EQASCOM, also known as EQMOD.


He MAY want EQMOD, or he may just want to continue using the computer/mount the way he is used to using it. As a matter of fact, one of the selections in the Celestron driver is for the SynScan mounts, and that will work fine with the EQ8. ;)

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 02:49 PM

Thanks Phil, Guylain and Uncle Rod, although EQMOD seams to be nice, Maxim DL has everything I need for AP before final processing. It's good to know that Celestron driver will work fine with EQ8...

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:27 PM

Yep, in the ASCOM chooser, just Select Celestron and then "Synta Skywatcher" and you should be good to go.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:30 PM

Hehehe,

The only reason I am saving money to buy an HDX110 (aka EQ8) and not a CGE pro is the ability to drive it using EQMOD.

Uncle Rod is right Celestron's ASCOM driver is compatible with Synta mounts, so it should be a drop in replacement of your CGEM.

Cheers,

Jose

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 11:21 AM

HI,

Any idea where I can find the celestron driver for the skywatcher mount.

Thank you.

Vince



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 11:32 AM

Vince,

 

   Try here:

http://ascom-standar...copeDrivers.htm

 

   I have used the Celestron Unified driver for basic functionality but much prefer EQMOD / EQASCOM for normal use. You can play with using the different Celestron drivers -- I cannot recall which I used. (It may have been the NexStar 8i / 8SE.) Try several to see which works best for the very basic functions.

 

 

John

 

Edit:  I haven't played with the Synta/Skywatcher option of the Celestron drivers but that should work better as Rod indicated. I just had no problems with the NexStar 8i and had used that with my Atlas before I got the HDX110 as when I first started using ASCOM, the Synta mode was not available.


Edited by jdupton, 24 November 2015 - 11:39 AM.


#10 Phil Sherman

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:42 PM

 

EQ8 like all goto Synta mounts can be run by computer. Your Celestron ASCOM driver is the wrong software to use. You want EQASCOM, also known as EQMOD.


He MAY want EQMOD, or he may just want to continue using the computer/mount the way he is used to using it. As a matter of fact, one of the selections in the Celestron driver is for the SynScan mounts, and that will work fine with the EQ8. ;)

 

My understanding from the original post was that he wants to continue using Maxim to run the scope through ASCOM. Assuming this is true, using the Celestron driver will give only basic control of the mount when compared to EQMOD. EQMOD fits into the software stack between  ASCOM and the mount, the same location that the Celestron driver occupies. EQMOD will require setting the hand controller to "PC Direct" mode to act as the interface between the computer and the mount, an additional step that the Celestron driver doesn't require. Of course, you can always get a Shoestring adapter to replace the hand controller or purchase a USB to serial adapter that outputs TTL voltages and connect the computer directly to the mount with an appropriately wired cable.

 

There's lots of options available and it'll be up to the user to determine which one he ends using.



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Posted 25 November 2015 - 10:02 AM

My understanding from the original post was that he wants to continue using Maxim to run the scope through ASCOM. Assuming this is true, using the Celestron driver will give only basic control of the mount when compared to EQMOD. EQMOD fits into the software stack between  ASCOM and the mount, the same location that the Celestron driver occupies. EQMOD will require setting the hand controller to "PC Direct" mode to act as the interface between the computer and the mount, an additional step that the Celestron driver doesn't require. Of course, you can always get a Shoestring adapter to replace the hand controller or purchase a USB to serial adapter that outputs TTL voltages and connect the computer directly to the mount with an appropriately wired cable.
 
There's lots of options available and it'll be up to the user to determine which one he ends using.


My understanding is that he wants to control the mount/send it on gotos with a PC and you darned sure don't need EQMOD for that. And, yes, I know what EQMOD does, having used it since '09. ;)

 

​EQMOD can be great, but it is a bit more than some folks want/need to fool with. I, for example, use my EQ-6 for DSLR imaging...one or two targets a night. A one star alignment with the HC in the area of the target and I am good to go.
 


Edited by rmollise, 25 November 2015 - 10:04 AM.



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