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#1 supertrucker

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Posted 19 May 2024 - 01:23 AM

Can someone please give me a link to a DC adapter that will work on a solarquest mount. Thanks

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Posted 10 June 2024 - 06:27 PM

I plugged this one in and it worked just fine: https://www.highpoin...RRoCKDUQAvD_BwE


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Posted 10 June 2024 - 07:29 PM

The Celestron power supply listed above should work well but unless you already have one, seems somewhat pricey because of the Celestron name.

 

Here is one that I bought for a different project, but with similar specs. I plan on using it with my Solarquest this weekend if the sky is clear enough.

 

https://www.mouser.c...ail/374-T6640ST

 

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Posted 11 June 2024 - 08:13 AM

This two message posting is not in context for me.  Is there a lead-in discussion posted elsewhere? 



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Posted 11 June 2024 - 10:15 AM

Jordan,

 

Supertrucker posted "Can someone please give me a link to a DC adapter that will work on a solarquest mount. Thanks". He received two responses with links to AC-DC adapters that should work with the SolarQuest mount.

 

No lead-in, just a request for info and two valid replies.

 

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Posted 13 June 2024 - 05:24 PM

The Celestron power supply listed above should work well but unless you already have one, seems somewhat pricey because of the Celestron name.

 

Here is one that I bought for a different project, but with similar specs. I plan on using it with my Solarquest this weekend if the sky is clear enough.

 

https://www.mouser.c...ail/374-T6640ST

 

Randy

Late to this, but how did this work out for you?



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Posted 13 June 2024 - 07:33 PM

Late to this, but how did this work out for you?

Phobos2,

It's only Thursday so have not had a chance to try the PSU on the SolarQuest, but it works great in the mesh network node for which I originally purchased the product.

 

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Posted 13 June 2024 - 11:09 PM

I use one of these $4 gizmos with the supplied 12 v adapter and a cheap $4 12 ft extension cord.

 

AC-DC-500-Mah-Universal-AC-DC-Power-Socket-Adapter-Converter.jpg

 

No need for anything fancier.


Edited by BYoesle, 14 June 2024 - 10:05 AM.

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Posted 13 June 2024 - 11:52 PM

I just one of these $4 gizmos with the supplied 12 v adapter and a cheap $4 12 ft extension cord.

 

attachicon.gif AC-DC-500-Mah-Universal-AC-DC-Power-Socket-Adapter-Converter.jpg

 

No need for anything fancier.

It's bad that the manual for the SolarQuest doesn't give a power requirement for an external 12V supply. I'd personally prefer something bigger than 500ma for this if for no other reason than to not have it fail 30 minutes before an ISS transit. (knowing my luck...)



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Posted 14 June 2024 - 07:19 AM

I have used my small 110 AC to 12 v DC 0.5 amp adapter for my Solar Quest all day long without a single fail in two years of outreach and home use.

 

So per the OP's question - it "works." waytogo.gif

 

But you can of course go larger if you prefer.

 

A fresh set of batteries might last two + days. I always have a second set of fresh batteries on hand if AC is unavailable.


Edited by BYoesle, 14 June 2024 - 10:14 AM.

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Posted 14 June 2024 - 10:18 AM

Good to know! I bought the 2A supplies I referenced to replace some failed 1.5A PSUs that came with an ASUS mesh kit that eventually reached a 75% failure failure rate. I picked up a spare "just in case", which is why I have it in stock.

 

I might as well use what I got!




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