Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Buying a new Mount: indi compatable?' in the forum. 2 days ago

wvreeven wrote: Both my HEQ5 and EQ6-R have belt drives (I modded the HEQ5 myself) and no noticeable backlash. This is just FYI of course ;)


My cg-4 does too, in its present build. In my first version It had 515:1 gearhead DC motors with 64ppr magnetic encoders(21$ each) and would give me the occasional unguided 2 minute exposure. I never could solve the instability and motor toggle though, and later switched to belt driven steppers and joined the OnStep gang. The backlash is partly in poorly finished worm gears, which I have improved some by re-mating the Ra., terrible loose threading and screws, and the horrible way the DEC head attaches to the body. It's nearly impossible to tune out all the play in order to use guiding, especially when loaded heavily - once more reason for the discussion of getting a new one.

I found an Ioptron cg60 for 2k, but that's probably going to be over my limit. My kid just went down with an appendix...there goes the neighborhood.

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Buying a new Mount: indi compatable?' in the forum. 2 days ago

pentaxian23 wrote: Lucky dog! The EQ6-R Pro is my dream mount. Its a heavy duty GEM with belt drive and Skywatcher are high quality and very reliable and the foundation of EQMOD drivers.
..Stick with the EQ6-R !


Okay that's two votes for the EQ6-R. I think I can take the AZ-EQ5 off the list though that dual saddle head does seem pretty nifty. Easy enough to use a saddle plate on the larger mount though if I really need to go tandem. I think I'm done with Celest-Ori-meade after so many negatives in the fb groups. Also skeptical of Ioptron and well most things really. A strong clean foundation for Onstep would be terrific.

DANGER! RAMBLING THOUGHTS AHEAD:
I'm not sure if I'm "lucky" or just getting pissed enough to squeeze the wallet. I've been "that guy" who did all the DIY stuff for decades, including about 28 years as a pro electronics tech. Opensource and diy seem to go well together. For me, this a serious cop out, resignation, a breaking of the sword... or maybe I'm just tired. It's been 3 1/2 years of this little mount and I've really outgrown it. Maybe I'm thinking about this the wrong way. I cobbled together old bicycles from stuff I found around for years before finally biting the bullet and buying something decent, and what became of that was a garage full of bike parts and the occasional local race medal, and a pack of memories to become dirt one day. So maybe buying the biggest mount I can handle moving to the yard is the way to go, or maybe I should give up gems altogether and buy a monster goto dob...or maybe I should STFU and go fix the stupid thing. Arg...
Also, I'm never impressed by throwing money at a project, that's for normal people.

Then there's pages like this one on diy mounts:

"On the downside, everybody will know you are completely mad."

astro.neutral.org/homemade-diy-gem-telescope-mount.shtml
I think I would miss that a little. Of course, a really good commercial build would give me a better platform for further diy experiments...but then so would a flat mill. :P

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Buying a new Mount: indi compatable?' in the forum. 2 days ago

wvreeven wrote: A few months ago I bought a SkyWatcher EQ6-Pro and it has been performing very well...


Thanks for the info!
After spending yet another rare clear night wondering just when the backlash and wobble crept back into my cg-4, which does not have bearings, contrary to older reviews. Bushings are great...on an ox cart. The worm gears weren't even ground in on this thing...Barely indexed is more like it.
Go Celestron! ..yay. :/ Well I have another week of foul weather to try to retune it again. It goes out smooth as ice skates following a zamboni and comes back in buckboard on a gravel road.

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Buying a new Mount: indi compatable?' in the forum. 3 days ago

Yep. Those g11's are beautiful mounts. Bit out of my price range though. Maybe one day...after the obs is built.

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Ray Wells created a new topic ' Buying a new Mount: indi compatable?' in the forum. 3 days ago

I've been using a motor converted cg-4 using onstep and my own mess before that, and it's looking more and more like my AP efforts have outgrown the little thing.
I've been looking at larger mounts and have been looking in the $1000-1500 range (the price of a bike in a former life) and thought it might be a good idea to see what my fellow Indilib users are using.
Skywatcher's EQ6-R Pro and AZ-EQ5 are currently topping my list.

Any thoughts on indi compatibility and or alternatives to consider?

Or a flat mill... :ponder:

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Re:How to disable fits viewer in EKOS' in the forum. 3 days ago

@rlancaste
"Here is how I configure PHD2 on a raspberry Pi to not need an INDI driver for a ZWO camera"
Neat! I'll have to try that with the Odroid sometime.

@knro
I just looked at Kstars INSTALL and I think it could really use an update. I've not gotten Kstars to compile either but didn't want to bug anyone about it. (re:not a programmer :P)

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Raw to FITS conversion' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Did that work for you? I use Siril. It also sets a sequence automatically.

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Ray Wells thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Mount model 3 weeks ago
Greg Beaton thanked Ray Wells in topic *new* Plate solving tip! 3 weeks ago
Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Mount model' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Exciting! One thing I love about opensource development is meeting authors along the way. Thank you for your contribution!
Do you know if building a mount model will effect ratios and therefore improve tracking rates in those mounts that have it? Or is it only going to improve slews?

cheers!
Ray

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Ray Wells replied to the topic '*new* Plate solving tip!' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Whoa... that could be very useful, especially if you aren't quite sure of FL. How bout this then... plate solve with your guide scope to get accurate fov for that too, or just have guide show it. Or how bout we script it to offer to update the stored scopes...now that would be slick!

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Ray Wells thanked gehelem in topic *new* Plate solving tip! 3 weeks ago
Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Mount model' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure about eqmod as I'm a diy sufferer working on the OnStep driver, but I would like to see if modeling would correct for mount speed issues due to ratio corrections. It seems to me that doing the plate solved mount model routine should give you better tracking as well as the goto accuracy. If you look in ekos there's a button for mount model. that will take you to a scripted page. you give it some stars and it plate solves and slews to them, updating your mount each time. I'm pretty sure this is dependent on the driver sending the proper serial command to your model enabled mount to update it. We've been testing such a process for OnStep with mixed results. Testing has been suffering horribly in cloudy weather this year.

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Ray Wells created a new topic ' *new* Plate solving tip!' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Quick tip on plate solving I figured out recently. If ekos is having trouble solving and you see a good image it "should" be solving, all the files are found etc., try tweaking the focal length figure in the telescope setup.
I installed a coma corrector plate solving was having fits. It took me a while to make that connection but they are often 1.1x When I changed from 600mm to 650mm FL the thing started banging correct findings in 3-5 seconds!

Clear skies everybody!

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Got no stars is gsc installed error' in the forum. 1 month ago

Just a quick note on this.

When installing gsc it's a good idea to install it on the system where the indiserver resides, i.e. the pc or sbc at the pier if you are configured that way.

cheers!
Ray Wells

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Ray Wells replied to the topic 'Re:permanently mapping USB hubs to /dev/USBxx' in the forum. 2 months ago

That's kind of how I remember it too. I was hoping somebody had an example or a working one though, to save time.

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