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Quote:a] Can you provide a list of supported mounts that the controller is natively designed and QA'd to work with, please?
Quote:b] Do you include compatible mount RA + DEC cables or corresponding adapters that connect to the controller, or would end users need to source these themselves?
Quote:c] Your post stated that the LAN interface supports DHCP, does it also support static IP addressing?
Quote:d] Is it possible to configure the controller via the LAN interface?
Quote:this would be a very long list. The Controller is freely programmable and will support almost every mount with stepper motors.
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Quote:That sounds like a short list, especially if it is restricted to those capable of usable slew rates. I can't think of one. Care to name a few?
Quote:here the short list. CI700,
Quote:Or maybe our ideas of a reasonable slew rate differ.
Quote:With respect to which mount this new controller would work with ...If I understand the LFE Photo correctly (and that is a big IF) it works with stepper and not servo motor equipped mounts so the Celestron goto mounts would not be a candidate. This also means that you have to be careful with the list of mounts listed above. The CG-5 was mentioned, I believe that this would be an older CG-5 or a manual CG-5 with a motor upgrade kit and not the CG-5A or ASGT model. I believe that one way to look at compatibility would be the presence of the Nexstar handcontroller. If the mount has the NexStar HC it has servo motors and is therefore not a candidate for the LFE Photo.
Quote:I'm simply going by what the vendor had previously supplied as a "short-list" of suupported mounts here.For instance, Losmandy Titan was included (along with the G42 and G11, etc). For sure the Losmandy Titan uses servo motors
Quote:1] Was this mount controller designed for a particular mount?
Quote:2] Let's say I have a Losmandy G-11 Gemini or Celestron CGE, what exactly would the requirements be for replacing Gemini or NexStar respectively with LFE Photo?
Quote:3] The manual does not include any instructions or procedures for replacing an existing GoTo system with LFE Photo
Quote:4] Are there no requirements or set up procedures needed for initializing LFE Photo for a given mount?
Quote:5] Do you have plans to provide example set up documentation for common mounts that customers are likely to have now
Quote:6] Are all the connectors on the controller grounded and fused where necessary?
Quote:7] Is the assembly housing for both the hand controller and main processing unit sealed against condensation and rain, etc?
Quote:If the manual is the only document available at this time, its difficult to see how someone like myself can just buy this product
Quote:If I understand the LFE Photo correctly (and that is a big IF) it works with stepper and not servo motor equipped mounts
Quote:I believe that one way to look at compatibility would be the presence of the Nexstar handcontroller.
Quote:If my comments above are correct do you know of any method of using the very impressive LFE Photo with servo motor equipped mounts? For example is an external interface or adapter even remotely feasible?
Quote:How is the AG-Video connector used for stand-alone autoguiding?
Quote:I now believe that what's being said is that the controller could be made to work with all of those mounts but that a motor transplant would be necessary for many of them.
Quote:That would kill it for me.
Quote:Can I connect this controller to my CI-700?
Quote: Second we offer ESCAP motor kits for the Losmandy mounts
Quote:but later on you stated that it only works with stepper motors
Quote:Free programmable for almost all Mounts with Stepper motors (up to 3A Motor current per Motor)
Quote:Further, if there IS such a large community out there
Quote:As your colleague previously advised
Quote:That's a little hard to swallow as on "your" web pages you claim to be the creator of the controller.
Quote:Also for this do it yourself project I shall not offer any boards, cards or any other assembly parts. ...If an enterprise wants to offer this project or parts therof I shall not oppose or ask for licence fees (I am happy if stargazers get easier access to the assembly parts and can join this private project).
Quote:Deepsky-Solutions is one of the companys that have the permission and we should not hijack the vendors thread. CS
Quote:This will be my last post on this subject. There was no attempt to highjack this thread.
Quote:And yes, anyone interested in the product should be able to have their questions answered.
Quote:I just find it hard to believe, and I'm sure others as well, that in this day and age someone would put so much time and effort into creating such a product and then just gives it away so others can profit from his hard work.
Quote:I see this as a very interesting product.
Quote:Although there still seems to be some confusion over what mounts it will work with "without" a major motor swap.