I have these three classic scopes I'm working on, so I can sell them to raise funds for our public observatory (see the thread I started on them a couple of months ago). I'm finished with the 8-inch Meade SCT, nearly finished with the 10-inch, and I thought today would be the day I had the 8-inch f/8 reflector on the Meade Research Grade mount ready to photograph and put up for sale (the mount is very clean and shiny!).
But I ran into a problem: I got the RG mount with two different dual axis drives: the one that came with it from Meade, and an AccuTrack 4000. The problem is, neither works with the Dec drive. I posted about the problems with the Meade drive here. Long story short, both the RA and Dec motors work, but not together with that drive. I gave up on it because I was given the AccuTrack, and today I finally took the time to check it out.
The thing came in a box with, no exaggeration, a dozen cords, but it turns out that none of them is the one needed for the Dec control! It's an odd 6-pin cord on the end that enters the AccuTrack, and it needs to go to a co-axial two-conductor that goes into the Dec drive on the RG mount.
I have the Dec cord for the non-working Meade controller, and it would be easy enough to make a cord using it for the AccuTrack, if I knew three things:
1. What is the specific 6-pin male connector I need?
2. Where can I get one?
3. Which of the six pins connect to the two wires?
If I knew the answer to question 1, I could probably find the answer to 2, but maybe not. When I needed a cord for the 10-inch SCT mount, I looked high and low and finally found out it was no longer made (unless I wanted to order a minimum of 100 from China). So I ordered an old, used one -- one foot long! -- for $23.
If someone has this particular cord, I'd be willing to pay for it, too, but first, I'm hoping for answers to my questions, if anyone has any. I'll post photos of the AccuTrack and the two ends the cord plugs into in a little while.