I would like to control my EXT-70 with my laptop. I currently have the 494 HBX.
I have read that the preferred path is to upgrade to a 497 HBX and make your own patch cable rather than getting a 506 cable and staying with the 494. A used 497 will be about double what the 506 cable is, so I am wondering why the 497/505 route is so much better.
Could users who have experience with both give me some clues?
I am assuming that with the 494/506 route the 494 is bypassed entirely. Is that not true? Or is it still needed for some things (like initialization and alignment perhaps)?
How much can the external software do? Does it depend on which software I use? AstroPlanner versus Meade's AstroSuite (or whatever it's called)?
Given that I would like to control the scope with AstroPlanner or the like, does the HBX make that much difference?
Thanks in advance!