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Just for giggles & grins get Losmandy a call. I had an email from him before Christmas about the encoders on my HGM-200 & the G2. During this email he mentioned that they were looking at reintroducing them. Another person poking him might help get that done. The G2 is "supposed" to have the external encoders as an optional feature, but Rene' hasn't had time to write the code for this, yet. Now it's on the back burner, but still in the plans.
Wen I got mine they were ~$350 for the set.
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Quote:unless they think someone would try to undercut them with cheap gemini-2 compatible hardware, this is one way to avoid the bottleneck of a single guy as the sole software developer.
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Quote:John C. & pfile,Losmandy does not make the Gemini II and it does not own the software, firmware or the actual Gemini electronics design.
Quote:Quote:unless they think someone would try to undercut them with cheap gemini-2 compatible hardware, this is one way to avoid the bottleneck of a single guy as the sole software developer. Cheap Gemini-2 compatible hardware would be a great benefit to Losmandy. Their reliance on a single, small, foreign source for controllers has always seemed to me to be a major disadvantage. It caused a substantial period of unavailability only recently. The only other substantial producer who relied on that source ended up dropping mounts entirely rather than trying to ramp up production again when controllers became available.
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.