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seeindoubles
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Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new
      #5866375 - 05/17/13 02:34 AM

Has anyone out there ever tried to come up with a coiled substitute cord to go between their PowerGuide II controller and the telescope base? Factory says not available but given the determination of some folks, perhaps a Questar owner out there has custom wired something?

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NeilR
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: seeindoubles]
      #5866429 - 05/17/13 04:35 AM

It would be easy enough to make since it is just a replacement cable. You can also probably purchase coiled cords with RJ-45 plugs.

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Mike E.
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: seeindoubles]
      #5866432 - 05/17/13 04:47 AM

There is a recent thread on the "Equipment" forum which discuss this issue, it's titled.....

" Is there a hand set coil cord extension cord ? "


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JimK
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: seeindoubles]
      #5880694 - 05/23/13 04:36 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

I use a coiled cord for my Powerguide connection. Attached is an image of the packaging -- I seem to recall purchasing it online from a model train company.

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JimK
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: JimK]
      #5880698 - 05/23/13 04:38 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

I believe there may be many options for connecting the Powerguide to the telescope, as long as the connector wiring is correct. Notice the order of colors in this picture of the original cord.

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Mike E.
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: JimK]
      #5880794 - 05/23/13 05:26 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words. Thank You for posting.
A quality coiled cord "should" be the standard for a Questar.


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seeindoubles
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5882155 - 05/24/13 12:08 PM

Awesome. Thanks for posting the photo. I suspected as much but didn't want to just hook up something and risk a short or other issue.

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Mike E.
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: seeindoubles]
      #5882554 - 05/24/13 03:36 PM

Quote:

.................didn't want to just hook up something and risk a short or other issue.



Yeah, replacement cost is expensive, and for a Q7 hand control, your looking at about $700.oo

Edited by Mike E. (05/24/13 03:39 PM)


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seeindoubles
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5883403 - 05/25/13 01:29 AM

Gaaaak! That is a lot of coin for a tiny box with $2.50 in components.

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Steve C.
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? new [Re: seeindoubles]
      #5883914 - 05/25/13 12:35 PM

Did they change the connector on the Powerguide II? My '78 uses RJ12.

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JimK
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Re: Coiled Cord for PowerGuide II ? [Re: Steve C.]
      #5884177 - 05/25/13 03:13 PM

Based on *my* limited understanding:

RJ11 and RJ12 use the same physical, 6-slot connector

RJ11 uses the inner 4 slots for wires, RJ12 uses all 6 slots for wires


And as I posted in an earlier picture, make sure that the order of wires is correct within the slots.


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