Hello all. Can anyone help as I am confused, my new Skywatcher HEQ5 has a v5 Synscan handset that has v4.39.12 firmware installed on it, when I check on Skywatcher firmware web page there is no 4.39.12 ??
There is a 4.39.10 and a 4.39.15 but no 4.39.12 and if you search on the internet no info comes up ?
My old v3 handset from my old Skywatcher EQ5 is up to date with v3.39.15 firmware and works fine on my EQ5. Is it safe to use my old v3 handset on my new HEQ5 ? I don’t want to try to upgrade the v5 until it is a little older but I do miss that bleep when the mount ends a command, not sure why v4 and v5 handsets have this feature removed.
I know the main reason for the end of v3 Synscan handsets was as there was supply problems with electrical components over the years there was a mixture of chips used causing compatibility issues. I myself had problems some time ago, It must have been hard for them trying to make the firmware run the same on different chip setups. The latest firmware work perfect on my old v3 handset.
Not sure why I had a v5 handset with my ne HEQ5 but when I tried to order my mount in September I was told that China was about 3 months behind with production. I finally managed to make my order in November it arrived just before Christmas but as I requested the Rowan Belt mod I received it on the 12th of January. I have not really had chance to give it a good test but I am very impressed with how smooth, quite and study it is and most impressive of all there is no backlash ?
It is a big improvement from my old EQ5 that was very noisy and never had less than about 7 seconds backlash. Making Auto guiding hard work.