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TOPIC: Auto-guiding with a SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6

Auto-guiding with a SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 1 week 1 day ago #20080

No, you only need a connection from the guide-cam to a computer, the software on the computer gets the image, decides to issue a correction and then sends that correction to the mount directly via the EQDir cable (using EQmod as a driver). ST4 can be ditched, 1 less cable to worry about. :) I've never touched the hand-controller since I started in astrophotography, 1 less thing that can fail in between. I would advicethe cable with FTDI chipset as drivers for that chipset are updated nicely for all Windows versions.
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Auto-guiding with a SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 1 week 1 day ago #20082

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Thanks very much for the explanation! I am on Mac and Linux so I'll need to see if the FTDI chipset cables also work on those platforms. It looks like this one does at least work on Linux:

www.pierro-astro.com/materiel-astronomiq...-orion-sirius_detail

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Auto-guiding with a SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 1 week 1 day ago #20086

Works totally fine on all platforms I should've said. ;) I'm also using OSX and Linux mainly, but Windows on occasion as well (whatever works right) and this driver just worked on everything. The other chipset, from Prolific, is a nightmare as they refuse to update the drivers to work well on Windows 10 and you constantly have to get one older version somewhere... brrr.

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Auto-guiding with a SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 1 week 1 day ago #20087

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I currently use a Prolific serial to usb converter cable and it works fine on Linux. However, I have troubles getting it to work on macos Sierra and high Sierra. I ordered the FTDI cable from the link I put in my previous comment. Fingers crossed ;-)

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Auto-guiding with a SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 1 week 8 hours ago #20098

Let us know, would be another good example. ps, you're from astroforum.nl right? ;)

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Auto-guiding with a SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 1 week 8 hours ago #20099

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OK I will share my experiences here as soon as the cable arrives. And yes, I am on astroforum.nl ;-)

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