Just got an Atlas EQ-G mount and it seems eqmod is very popular. I'm sure that all of you will say it's way worth it to use this software as opposed to the handset from what I'm reading. Some questions...
1. It appears I can buy a usb to serial cable from Orion that will allow me to use EQMOD and attach directly to the mount and lose the handset altogether... (is this correct?).
2. eqmod will allow me to enter the GPS information once in the software and it will provide this to the mount when I use the software? I'm wondering if this will allow me to forgo purchasing the GPS unit and not have to update the firmware on the handset. It's currently not the right version to use the gps unit. I called Orion and they said to use the gps unit you need to use the handset and that would also mean upgrading the firmware... I'm surmising that if I use a PC and eqmod, it will provide GPS info, so no handset firmware upgrade or GPS unit would be needed (is this correct?)
3. For PHD autoguiding, the Orion Starshoot autoguider I purchased will now communicate with PHD, which will then in turn communicate with the eqmod software to make tracking adjustments from what I'm reading? I won't have to connect the ST4 cable from the guide camera to the scope?
4. Just to confirm, I'm sure that you will all say its worth using eqmod by far over the handset... your reasons would be helpful
One last thing... I have some experience with AP on an LX200 in alt-az. I've gotten some real good planetary and lunar shots... some DSOs, but we all know the limitations of alt-az for fuzzies. Have a new mount and searching for a c9.25. anyone have some AP they could post using this mount?
I want to thank the fantastic CN community in advance for all the help I've received since I joined a week ago...