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#26 f300v10

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 11:30 AM

Dave,

 

Keep in mind I use my EQ6-R purely for imaging, so for the most part I only try and point to one or two targets per session.  EQMOD on the PC connects directly to the mount via the USB2EQ5 cable I purchased from Shoestring here: http://www.store.sho...products_eq.htm



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Posted 21 January 2019 - 02:04 PM

 (oh and don't look at the Sun!... remember, don't look at the Sun!). waytogo.gif

Lol .. roger that on the sun. I was looking at Takahashi Epsilons this morning and notice they put a 'don't look at the sun' sticker even on them .. and it struck me that you would think people who are spending 5k plus on an OTA would know better .. been then I saw a 'seemingly' intelligent guy arguing for a flat earth on youtube today and thought to myself "ok its probably good they put those warning stickers on even serious instruments these days" lol


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#28 Megiddo

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 08:58 AM

Dave,

 

Keep in mind I use my EQ6-R purely for imaging, so for the most part I only try and point to one or two targets per session.  EQMOD on the PC connects directly to the mount via the USB2EQ5 cable I purchased from Shoestring here: http://www.store.sho...products_eq.htm

Yeah, same here.   Almost 100% imaging.   I plan on going the StellarMate route fairly soon this year (I have to spread out my purchases, helps my better half live with my hobby).

 

I still connect my mount via USB PC to my handset.   I have a USB to RS232 Adapter which seems to work fine (except for the odd issue with Synscan vs PHD2).

 

I do see the USB2EQ5 Interface Cable from Shoestring, but it's that voltage issue I was concerned about that the handset is supposed to take care of.     That Shoestring cable doesn't seem to have anything to manage the voltage.

 

How are you powering the mount without the handset?   Is there yet another cable to convert to supplied version?  crazy.gif    Forget that silly question.   I've had my cables wrapped together for so long, I thought the power cord was coming out of the handset.   I just noticed, it's not.


Edited by Megiddo, 23 January 2019 - 11:41 AM.


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Posted 25 January 2019 - 01:39 AM

Check this out: http://eq-mod.source...t/eqdirect2.htm

I put together an USB cable in about 10 minutes.  Works well.



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 05:01 PM

Hi I have just bought an EQ6-R Pro and connected via a USB A (Laptop) to USB-B (Synscan V5 Controller). It works fine with Cartes Du Ciel, Stellarium and PHD2. But throws a wobbly when trying to connect using EQASCOM. 

 

I get an Error message for "EQMOD HEQ5/6 V2.00q" saying "Connect Error: Timeout". Both before and after this message I tried connecting via Cartes Du Ciel and it works just fine. I went into setup and added the port which was COM5 but of no avail. Any suggestions? 

 

By the way the article by John at https://www.atm-work...pc-connect.html keeps on timing out for some reason. It gives the message "This site can’t be reached www.atm-workshop.com took too long to respond." Just my day!!! 



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:12 PM

I just started working with my new (to me) EQ6-R and wanted to report some successes I've had with various PC connection options.  I'm running a v5 SynScan HC with firmware version 4.39.04.  Scope-side computer is a minisforum SBC dual booting Win 10 and Ubuntu Mate.  I don't know yet if I'll run the mount entirely via EQMOD like many other CNers, or if I would rather keep the HC involved and use that for initial alignment.  I wanted to keep both options open.

 

1) PC direct to mount via HC port on the mount and this $15 USB to TTL serial RJ45 cable.  Works with EQMOD driver in both Windows and Ubuntu (indi).  No clunky DB9 serial adapters needed.

 

2) PC to HC serial port via a $7 FTDI cable and a $1 RJ12 connector which I hand-crimped to it.  I think this is the same as what Eric Seavey described, and it's also exactly equivalent to Shoestring's $43 usb2eq5 cable.  Both Windows and Ubuntu Mate handled the FTDI driver automatically.

 

3) PC to HC USB-2B port works well with SkyWatcher ASCOM driver in Windows.  Windows was initially unable to identify a driver for the USB-to-serial chipset built into the v5 HC, but this was fixed easily in device manager by selecting "Search automatically for updated driver", without needing to manually download and install the chipset driver.  No luck yet in linux.. may need to manually compile and install the chipset driver.

 

I did not use the "PC Direct" utility on the HC for any of these configurations.

 

@dilipsharan, in my understanding, if you're connecting PC to HC then you should use the SkyWatcher ASCOM driver, not EQMOD.  Use EQMOD if you're bypassing the HC by connecting directly to the mount.



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:35 PM

I just started working with my new (to me) EQ6-R and wanted to report some successes I've had with various PC connection options.  I'm running a v5 SynScan HC with firmware version 4.39.04.  Scope-side computer is a minisforum SBC dual booting Win 10 and Ubuntu Mate.  I don't know yet if I'll run the mount entirely via EQMOD like many other CNers, or if I would rather keep the HC involved and use that for initial alignment.  I wanted to keep both options open.

 

1) PC direct to mount via HC port on the mount and this $15 USB to TTL serial RJ45 cable.  Works with EQMOD driver in both Windows and Ubuntu (indi).  No clunky DB9 serial adapters needed.

 

2) PC to HC serial port via a $7 FTDI cable and a $1 RJ12 connector which I hand-crimped to it.  I think this is the same as what Eric Seavey described, and it's also exactly equivalent to Shoestring's $43 usb2eq5 cable.  Both Windows and Ubuntu Mate handled the FTDI driver automatically.

 

3) PC to HC USB-2B port works well with SkyWatcher ASCOM driver in Windows.  Windows was initially unable to identify a driver for the USB-to-serial chipset built into the v5 HC, but this was fixed easily in device manager by selecting "Search automatically for updated driver", without needing to manually download and install the chipset driver.  No luck yet in linux.. may need to manually compile and install the chipset driver.

 

I did not use the "PC Direct" utility on the HC for any of these configurations.

 

@dilipsharan, in my understanding, if you're connecting PC to HC then you should use the SkyWatcher ASCOM driver, not EQMOD.  Use EQMOD if you're bypassing the HC by connecting directly to the mount.

Hi Ryan, Thank you for replying. I take your point. And as I mentioned yes I can bypass EQMOD and connect Cartes Du Ciel to the EQ6-R using the Skywatcher ASCOM Driver. But this is not the point. I want to use the other functionality that EQMOD offers. 



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:50 AM

Austin, (and others),

 

   I'll add a couple of notes. 

  1. You have the brand new hardware Version 5 SynScan Hand Control. They have added a USB connection and an internal USB to RS232 converter. You need to only cable up using USB to connect now. However, internally, it is still an RS232 interface. When you connect and hear the USB connection chime on the PC, look in the Device manager under COM and LPT ports to see which COM port was just connected. Use that COM port number (like COM5) in any program you plan to use for control. After connecting using the USB port on the Hand Control, just proceed as if you just made a Serial RS232 connection. (See tutorial Link below.)
     
  2. When using APT to drive the mount, you MUST NOT put the hand control into PC Direct Mode. Leave it in normal operational mode. PC Direct Mode is ONLY used when you are using EQMOD through the hand control. It will prevent connections when using any other ASCOM connection and driver.

 

   You may want to read through the tutorial I wrote earlier this year. It will provide a lot of background information and should help you get your new mount (Congratulation!!) connected and running under PC control.

 

https://www.atm-work...pc-connect.html

 

 

John

Hi John, 

 

I seem to be timing out when trying to access the link you have provided for your tutorial at https://www.atm-work...pc-connect.html

Any chance you could provide an alternate copy direct to me? 

 

I have just bought an EQ6-R with a SynScan V5 controller and am struggling to get EQASCOM working. It does not seem to be able to access the COM port even though I can command the mount from Cartes Du Ciel, PHD2, APT, Stellarium and even EQMOD Poth Hub when using the SkyWatcher Driver. 

 

Regards,

 

Dilip Sharan

dilip.sh@gmail.com 

 

Regards,

 

Dilip Sharan



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 12:12 PM

Make sure. In the ‘devices’ menu of your.  PC that you have the right Comm. port selected.  When I first setup to use CuC it has comm 5 as the default and my PC was using comm 6 ....

 

 

 

BTW, that tutorial is awesome.....  had it. Up on my iPad while working the programs on my PC & had everything connected and working on one pass through ...


Edited by nimitz69, 18 February 2019 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 09:11 AM

I did finally manage to get some decent images last Monday ... here was my first pass at a stacked image:

 

https://www.astrobin.../full/390498/0/

 

I wish I hadn't lost my shoestring cable ... I wanted to try that next.  But working through the hand controller worked well enough ... in as much as I can tell :)

 

Thanks for all the help folks.



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Posted 09 June 2020 - 08:14 PM

NIt sure if people still respond to this but now there is a synscan wireless dongle that allows syncscan pro app to be used (ios,android, pc). If using this method to connect to pc am IO limited to only the app or how do I get this to work with phd2, stellarium etc. 

Also how doe sadding a guide camera affect everything.



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Posted 30 June 2020 - 03:08 PM

Austin, (and others),

I'll add a couple of notes.

  • You have the brand new hardware Version 5 SynScan Hand Control. They have added a USB connection and an internal USB to RS232 converter. You need to only cable up using USB to connect now. However, internally, it is still an RS232 interface. When you connect and hear the USB connection chime on the PC, look in the Device manager under COM and LPT ports to see which COM port was just connected. Use that COM port number (like COM5) in any program you plan to use for control. After connecting using the USB port on the Hand Control, just proceed as if you just made a Serial RS232 connection. (See tutorial Link below.)
  • When using APT to drive the mount, you MUST NOT put the hand control into PC Direct Mode. Leave it in normal operational mode. PC Direct Mode is ONLY used when you are using EQMOD through the hand control. It will prevent connections when using any other ASCOM connection and driver.

You may want to read through the tutorial I wrote earlier this year. It will provide a lot of background information and should help you get your new mount (Congratulation!!) connected and running under PC control.

https://www.atm-work...pc-connect.html


John


That tutorial is deep and well written. But confused me lol as a beginner I'm going, wait what cables do i need, what type of adapter..and so on. The new one with using USB should simply be, buy a USB a/b cable. Download ascom platform, download any other ascom drivers for equipmunk you are using. Download eqmod. Start eqmod toolbox, Make sure ports match up. Input in eqmod setup
Timeout: 2000
Retry:2
Baud:115200
Port:see above dont be silly

Input your site info, home for most of us, most of the time. Watch a youtube vid or two on how to connect to the scope to use stellarium (or preferred program) and guide camera on phd2. Wah la!!! Controlling within 1 morning practicing. Now that i understand it, it's not too bad ****. Anyone need a new Pegasus eqdirect cable? 40 bucks wasted. When a 10 dollar USB did the trick. (I ordered the eqdir cable as the mount was on its way.)

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:20 PM

NIt sure if people still respond to this but now there is a synscan wireless dongle that allows syncscan pro app to be used (ios,android, pc). If using this method to connect to pc am IO limited to only the app or how do I get this to work with phd2, stellarium etc. 

Also how doe sadding a guide camera affect everything.

I haven't used it yet because I literally just got my EQ6R pro yesterday (yay!) but it appears the dongle will allow ASCOM control of the mount.

 

See the downloads here:

http://skywatcher.co...e/ascom-driver/




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