Patryk Gutaker replied to the topic 'QHY driver timeout when using gphoto at the same time' in the forum. 11 months ago

It seems that all has been fixed with yesterdays libqhy and indi_qhy update!
I can successfully run looped guiding exposures with QHY5L-II-M together with Canon 700D imaging sequence.

Good job and kudos to our savior!

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Patryk Gutaker replied to the topic 'iEXOS100 Mount Tested With PMC8 Driver' in the forum. 11 months ago

Hi Mike,

And to be honest I don't consider a mount being light a good measure for an imaging mount - you want stability.

Yeah, I already know that... BUT I have to consider:
  • my spine injury (doctor said I'm not supposed to lift more than 25kg)
  • neighborhood (guys wandering around at night, stealing things)
  • I'm low on budget and can't afford HEQ5, worth in Poland ~1150$ (it's heavy BTW
I'm trying to find the best solution, and I find iEXOS-100 is the way to go, as the guys from espmc-eight reporting successful 10min exposures.

I think that swapping my old, good EQ3-2 SynScan GoTo for iEXOS-100 is the right choice, as my mount isn't capable of guiding anyway.
What do you think?

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Patryk Gutaker replied to the topic 'iEXOS100 Mount Tested With PMC8 Driver' in the forum. 11 months ago

Thanks guys for quick reply.

Let me clarify: I'm in process of decision whether to buy iEXOS-100 and get rid of my EQ3-2 SynScan Goto. I've just bought QHY5L-II-M and QHY miniGuideScope and planning to buy TS71SDQ Quadruplet, the only thing remains is the mount.
For my amateur astrophotography I use INDI server on Ubuntu Server 18.04 on RPi2B+ with WIfi dongle. As a client for INDI server I use macOS 10.15 and Kstars 3.3.6 and like to stick with it, as a macOS-only user (no plans for VMBootCamp with Wndows).
My hardware setup is: SW 150/750 on EQ3-2 SynScan Goto as EQMod Mount via PC-Direct mode and Canon 700D without IR filter.
I really like the iEXOS-100 mount because of it's light weight (I have to carry my gear IN and OUT everytime coz of robbing neighbourhood) and for belt-driven mechanism.

The thing is: will I be able to use iEXOS-100 the same way I did with EQMod Mount?

All the best!
Patryk

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Patryk Gutaker replied to the topic 'iEXOS100 Mount Tested With PMC8 Driver' in the forum. 11 months ago

Hi,

I'd like someone to clarify the iEXOS-100 connection to computer.

In the mount manual there is an image showing miniUSB port. In the indilib Devices/Mounts/Explore Scientific PMC-Eight/Requirements section, there is a statement that says we have to use SPECIAL USB Serial cable and link to the solution incorporationg a FTDI USB<->Serial cable.

What is the purpose of using this SPECIAL USB Serial cable if we already have an USB port in the computer and mount itself?

Clear skies!
Patryk

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