Meade 8" LX90 GPS on a CGEM Meade 10" LX200R on a MI-250 Takahashi FS-102 Orion ST120 ETX-125 De-Forked StellarVue SV80ED(Blue)and F50M2 Finder Scope SBIG ST-4000XCM, DSI ProII, DSI III
David Member of International Dark-Sky Association
SkyWatcher 100 ED Triplet
Vixen GP2/Porta II
Galileoscope - new GS F11 SCT model
Nikon Action 10x50 & 10x40 binoculars
Scopes: 190mm SW Mak-Newt @ f/5.3 & 90mm SV Raptor Triplet @ f/7Cameras: Atik 383L+ mono w/ EFW2 FW with Astrodon filters & Canon XSi 450D (Modded)Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO mount guided with QHY5 KWIQ guiderSoftware: Sequence Generator Pro; PixInsight; Photoshop CS5Best investment: Stone Garden Observatory - Bortle 4 (Green)
Quote:I use an ICRON Ranger unit to connect over Cat5 to my backyard observatory. I've been able to run PHD to my DSIpro guide camera via a GPUSB unit to the mount guide port, Starry Night Pro via ASCOM to my Mach1GTO mount serial port via a USB-Serial adapter as well as a separate mount port control via APs PulseGuide, my JMI focuser via the ASCOM driver, and my QHY8. Everyting is connected either directly to the ICRON Ranger 4-port USB2 hub or to a separate powered hub connected into the Ranger unit. Everything can be controlled and run simultaneously. I expect to add a FW in the near future via a separate ASCOM interface, and given how flawlessly everything has worked with this unit, I don't expect any problems....Keith
Others may disagree. Your millage may vary. Void where prohibited by law.
Quote:Keith,If you have the time I think it would be very valuable to do a review on the icron Ranger unit and your setup and submit it to Cloudy Nights as a Review to be displayed on the main page. There are I think a lot of people in similar position that have no ideas this solution exists.
Scopes: Meade SN6, 10" Dob, Meade LS6, 5" reflector, 8" reflector, 102GT
Mounts: LXD75 and LXD55
Camera: SBIG 8300M, Baader 7nm Ha, OIII, SII, LRGB
Quote:There is an Icron Ranger 2104 USB extender up on AstroMart now for those interested in using that. I'm probably going to hold off for now.
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Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. - Arthur C. Clarke