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#1 Spoelker

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Posted 24 June 2024 - 01:05 PM

To all - resurrecting dormant hobby and dormant mount.  I have one of the old EQ6s with the 12 C battery power box.  There is a 12v adapter input, but I don't know barrel length or any of the other vital info for the plug.  Any thoughts as to where I can purchase a replacement?  I have a request into sky-watcher, but you guys are generally faster.

 

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Posted 25 June 2024 - 10:47 AM

To all - resurrecting dormant hobby and dormant mount.  I have one of the old EQ6s with the 12 C battery power box.  There is a 12v adapter input, but I don't know barrel length or any of the other vital info for the plug.  Any thoughts as to where I can purchase a replacement?  I have a request into sky-watcher, but you guys are generally faster.

 

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More than likely a 5.5mmx2.1mm like my old HEQ5.


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Posted 25 June 2024 - 04:25 PM

+1 to Skywatchr.  Unfortunately, there are three different pin sizes for 5.5mm OD barrel connectors, so it may take a little trial and error.  You can find pre-made cables at Mouser Electronics and DigiKey.

 

I think it's my camera which takes a 5.5mm x 2.4mm connector.  You don't have to worry about the length unless you plan to get a connector with a threaded collar for locking the connector in place.  A good feature if the female jack on your mount has the male threads to accept the collar.


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Posted 25 June 2024 - 08:59 PM

My Orion Atlas mount is a twin brother of your mount. The power connector is a 5.5x2.1 barrel connector. The female port on all of these mounts will eventually fail unless you affix the power cord to the body of the mount to prevent it placing lateral stress on the mount's port. My solution to this issue was to purchase a small package of "decorator velcro" from a local store. The sticky side was attached to the mount while the non-sticky side was cut a bit longer than the sticky side so that when the ends of the strips are aligned, there's a small loop in the middle. A full wrap of the power cord through this loop then plugging the barrel connector into the mount will have all of the stress managed by the velcro and the mount's port should last at least your lifetime.


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Posted 26 June 2024 - 07:38 AM

My Orion Atlas mount is a twin brother of your mount. The power connector is a 5.5x2.1 barrel connector. The female port on all of these mounts will eventually fail unless you affix the power cord to the body of the mount to prevent it placing lateral stress on the mount's port. My solution to this issue was to purchase a small package of "decorator velcro" from a local store. The sticky side was attached to the mount while the non-sticky side was cut a bit longer than the sticky side so that when the ends of the strips are aligned, there's a small loop in the middle. A full wrap of the power cord through this loop then plugging the barrel connector into the mount will have all of the stress managed by the velcro and the mount's port should last at least your lifetime.

Velcro is so handy dandy!  I use it a lot for "stress relief" on cables.  I use a piece of self-adhesive on the mount, then a piece of it's "mate" non-adhesive to capture the wires. waytogo.gif



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Posted 27 June 2024 - 09:30 PM

My Orion Atlas mount is a twin brother of your mount. The power connector is a 5.5x2.1 barrel connector. The female port on all of these mounts will eventually fail unless you affix the power cord to the body of the mount to prevent it placing lateral stress on the mount's port. My solution to this issue was to purchase a small package of "decorator velcro" from a local store. The sticky side was attached to the mount while the non-sticky side was cut a bit longer than the sticky side so that when the ends of the strips are aligned, there's a small loop in the middle. A full wrap of the power cord through this loop then plugging the barrel connector into the mount will have all of the stress managed by the velcro and the mount's port should last at least your lifetime.

Grr... I got a 12V 5A DC Power Supply  with 5.5x2.1mm Plug but the 'Power " light will not light up.  Moving to plan B - Getting 8 C batteries to see if the motor will at least power up.... Thanks for every one's thoughts and ideas - I appreciate it.

 

UPDATE - A ID10T error - Ya have to plug the hand controller in properly for the unit to 'power-up'.  I think I'm in business.  We'll see how the mount tracks.


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