Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
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Quote: I've used two different USB to Serial cables. I've tried different com ports (1-6). It's weird because the whole setup works fine with my 8SE and my iOptron Cube Pro.
Quote:That cool time and date can be saved does this work for the LX80? and where does the cable plug into or do I need to install a plug first if so how is it wired?
Quote:Just to 100% clarify here.You are using different cables for the Celestron vs Meade connections???The Meade serial cable ( that plugs into the Hbx ) is wired differently to the Celestrons.They are NOT interchangeable.( Im not sure how the Ioptron is wired )
Quote:I had not tried any connection until I did the firmware update - it worked okay that one time. Of course, there's no ASCOM layer in the picture for that process.
Quote:I installed PHD and the Ascom drivers.
Quote:There are lots of reports on the ASCOM site where people have upgraded and it doesnt work anymore. Lots of others upgrade with no problems.ASCOM is so dependent upon everything in windows itself being correct as well, that debugging problems can be painful.
Quote:Oh, that's encouraging! Maybe I should back level to ASCOM 5.
Quote:You wouldn't have to do any of the ASCOM stuff if you were using ST-4 guiding via PHD.
Quote:Serial guiding, the way Meade implements it, via hand controller and stuff, is quite convoluted and behind times in my opinion.
Quote:I see on yr other thread that your "simple" ST4 guiding doesnt work with yr new camera
Quote: Gday Andrew; my ST-4 works great with 1.3MP SSAG, just was trying 3MP SSAG which didn't work out so great. ST-4 by design is quite simple;
Quote:GPS for Meade mountshttp://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=255-6165&kw=&st=0this will set time date and location has anyone used them if so Have you had any trouble?
Quote: but as you said Andrew discontinued I haven't found one for sell. LNT unit but if its say 60.00 bucks and you need the WWV antenna thats 19.00
Quote:Jerry On Dennis Laptop older Duel Core He running XP ser pk 3 and Ascom 5 platform and using Ascom meade driver 5.0.0 We haven't tried to change anything on his computer because it works great on the LX55 and that our only AP platform.
Quote: I may also buy another 505 cable - never had a serial cable just go bad, except like a bent pin or something of that nature.
Quote:Andrew I guess they made a few different styles of this LNT unit
Quote:The GPS unit I guess there not enough room inside the HC to install the GPS ?
Quote:Do you know of anyone doing that putting the GPS unit in HC if so do you have Pics.
Quote:Hi Kevin, That great news on the bearings. You would think Meade would stop leaving out the grease where its not seen by now. Having grease sure makes a difference. I hope it works out now. The weather finally cleared. I had noticed my CGEM DX wasn't as easy to balance as I would like, so I tore the whole thing down (you knew I would anyways). I put super lube on the huge tapered roller bearings and the sealed bearings spun ease except 2 of them. I noticed the seals on one side of each were dented so I popped them out and they spun real easy now. They went next to each other so I just made the open sides face each other so in effect they were sealed again. I polished the big brass clutches with emery cloth as well as the aluminum housings. I greased them and the ring and worm gears with super lube also. Now the RA and DEC spin with ease and smooth. Both my worms spun real easy and smooth so I didn't touch them. I adjusted the worm and ring to have almost unnoticeable play (they are not spring loaded). I had noticed a slight ticking in the RA. The motor gear to worm drive gear doesn't line up perfect. I shimmed it slightly and removed backlash and its smooth and quiet now. After all this I happened to find instructions on how to Hypertune this mount. Looks like thats what I just did. I am very pleased with it. I took it out Tuesday night and tried the all star polar alignment. Then I took a 1 minute image, 2 minute, then 3 minute unguided image and they all had round stars. So I tried a 4 minute unguided image (all at f/10). The stars were almost perfect. I almost fell over. All these were at first try. Last night I tried Guiding with PHD. I left everything set at default, centered the star and started guiding. The star stayed centered, perfectly. Every once in a while I saw a slight movement about half the width of the star and it would quickly go back. But it always stayed in contact with the cross hairs. I have never had a mount do this great before. during the hour it never strayed out of contact of the cross hairs or lost lock. I tried to do a PEC recording. I am going to adjust PHD to get it as smooth as possible tonight and re record Pec several times. I downloaded Pempro this morning and I will read and learn how to use it today. I plan to get my Pec smooth so I can get consistent long unguided images. Then I should get really great long guided images.Below is a single 250 second unguided image (no PEC) of Andromeda at f/10, 9.25 ota, ISO 1600 with a Canon T1i taken Tuesday night. I did adjust contrast a little with Picasa. (4min 10sec) The stars aren't perfectly round neilson
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Quote:...a single 250 second unguided image (no PEC) of Andromeda at f/10, 9.25 ota, ISO 1600 with a Canon T1i taken Tuesday night. I did adjust contrast a little with Picasa. (4min 10sec) The stars aren't perfectly round
Quote: Is the Aux bus just for power?
Quote:It might be portable with a connector change?