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« Reply #15 on: 14:46:09, 27 May, 2012 »
2. Installation of the ASCOM 6 platform

Before EQMod can be installed & configured, the ASCOM ( Astronomy Common Object Model ) platform needs to be installed.

The ASCOM Initiative is a loosely-knit group of developers and astronomical instrument makers that work together to bring vendor-independent and language-independent plug-and play compatibility between astronomy software and astronomical instruments on Windows computers


i) Download software

The current software can be installed from a link on the home page. Download this onto your computer.
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« Reply #16 on: 14:54:46, 27 May, 2012 »
ii) Install the software

Before installing the software, you need to ensure your .Net 3.5 Framework Windows software is up-to-date.

From the ASCOM Site :
IMPORTANT: If you do not have your computer set for Windows Automatic Updates, you must keep up with Microsoft .NET Framework updates yourself.

- Double-click on the saved ASCOMPlatform6SP3.exe (as of Dec 2013) file to install the software.
- Proceed with the prompts until the software is installed - very straightforward.

There is a FAQ page for further information.
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« Reply #17 on: 15:02:05, 27 May, 2012 »
3. EQMod software

NOTE: Before installing & using the EQMod software, you MUST either have an EQ Dongle OR have build your own FTDI cable.

EQMod Project Website : http://eq-mod.sourceforge.net/
Yahoo User Group : http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/EQMOD/
Latest Dev install (13-NOV-2013) : V127l

The software is comprised of a number of parts, but only 2 covered here :
  • EQMod - the entire software installation package
  • EQAscom - this is the ASCOM connection of EQMod which interfaces with the ASCOM project

a) Installation of Software

i) Join the Yahoo group

I would also strongly suggest that you join the EQMod Yahoo group to allow you to get the latest software and ask any questions related to problems with your EQMod installation/operation.

ii) Download the software

To download from the joined-Yahoo group, follow the screen shots. From Sourceforge, follow the download links.

NOTE: Sourcefource only contains the confirmed stable releases, but in my experience, the latest from the Yahoo site is just fine.

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« Reply #18 on: 15:12:03, 27 May, 2012 »
iii) Run the software installer

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« Reply #19 on: 15:14:39, 27 May, 2012 »
b) Configuration of EQMod software

Once the software has been installed, all the components are ready to be brought together.

- The installation will have created a number of Start menu entries. Locate the Toolbox thus:
- EQMOD -> EQASCOM -> Toolbox
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« Reply #20 on: 15:20:29, 27 May, 2012 »
The EQAscom Toolbox will allow you to configure & check the software AND the connection to the mount.

- Click on Driver Setup button, which will open the ASCOM Setup box
- Ensure the EQmod Port Details are setup to reflect the information already used for the FTDI or Prolific driver earlier

Specifically :
  • Timeout : 2000
  • Retry : 2
  • Baud : 9600
  • Port : <The one noted from the USB-Serial interface earlier

The other information is optional at this time. Remember to go back in & fill in the details later (see the Video tutorials by Chris)

- When all finished, click the OK button
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« Reply #21 on: 15:30:42, 27 May, 2012 »
ii) Test the connection

In order to do the test, the USB-Serial device must be plugged in, the mount must be connected to the USB-Serial cable, and the mount must be switched on.

- Still using the EQASCOM Toolbox left-click on the Test Connect button
- If all is well, the EQMod box should appear and the mount should make a very small noise as the motors are initialised.
- To shutdown the EQMod box, go back to the running EQASCOM Toolbox and click on the Disconnect button.

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« Reply #22 on: 15:36:45, 27 May, 2012 »
The EQASCOM Toolbox can also be used for other issues & tests. In particular, if there are issues with the configuration files (files ending with .ini ) then the Toolbox can view, backup and/or delete them.

For further information on how to use EQmod, please refer to the EXTENSIVE documentation and Tutorials available from the EQMod people.

They can be found at : http://eq-mod.sourceforge.net/tutorials.html

I strongly encourage you to check these out, ESPECIALLY the video tutorials Chris Shillito has created. These guys have done this without payment nor reward - let them know how good it all is!
     
         
EQMOD: Resources & support
      


Any feedback to these pages, pleas PM me & I'll make any corrections or additions.

Thanks,

Phil
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