I noticed there is not a whole lot of information on the web about Astro-Gadgets belt driven Goto systems and figured I would share my experiences. Everything out of the box was built well (nothing seemed cheap).
Installing the system on the mount was cake. Now onto software.
You have to install Ascom and Eqmod drivers and programs (many here are already familiar with this)
The instructions that come on the cd sent with the kit are okay at best but it would be very hard to figure out if you were not very good at computers or researching the rabbit hole that is google.
After getting all of the drivers set up I finnally managed to move my telescope with the motors
So i didnt know this although im sure there are those out there that do.
Stepper motors in microstepping mode make very high pitch noise. Hard to explain but from what Astro Gadget tells me its something you learn to live with. You can turn the current down on the steppers to quiet them alitt but you will lose torque. My scope is too big for that. When i bought my Cg5Adv used the motors were okay at best. Comparing the 2 the Eqstar seems to be much smoother.
This is going to be an on going project for me for several months so if you have any questions please ask. The purpose of this post is to give information to people looking for a possible Goto system to replace broken or inefficient gotos on a still capable mount.
Sorry if this post seems like a run on sentence. Im not too good keeping my mind steady.
I will post pics soon