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Offline midnight_lightning

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EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« on: 15:14:57, 11 October, 2016 »
I'm thinking about using EQMOD, mainly so I can link in with planetarium software.
I use Backyard Nikon for camera control and PHD for guiding with the camera connected directly to the mount.

I would probably buy the EQDIR hardware connector but I'm just wondering whether it's worth the effort and risk of adding additional complexity (points of failure) and knowledge requirements. I use the hand controller at the moment and whilst it's a bit basic and limited it is very easy to use and does the job.

I would be interested in any thoughts or observations.

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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #1 on: 16:15:57, 11 October, 2016 »
Many people swear by EQmod. 

I have used it myself, but I went back to the handset as I personally find it easier, in particular if your GOTO is not going to the right place and you need to be standing behind the finderscope/scope, I find I am not only too far from the laptop to see where I am pointing the cursor to move EQMod, but there is also the question of controlling your laptop from a distance, wireless game pad (didn't work for me as it worked in very delayed action), wired game pad, mouse on a long USB?

It also has other advantages, that you can use plate solving to find your targets (also too complex for me to set up), and you can use Alignmaster to fine tune your PA, though there are other methods of doing this.  You can also set limits to stop your telescope hitting the mount.  Probably the best advantages are that your can choose your alignment stars (rather than the ones given to you on the handset), so you can sync close to your target, and you can control your mount from a distance (perhaps inside in the warm). 

I think it probably depends on your own preference.  If you like to have gadgets to automate things, then it's for you, if you prefer to keep it simple then probably not.

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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #2 on: 17:10:36, 11 October, 2016 »
Mid

What Carole says. If you want to keep it all simple then it is one more piece of software. Personally I hate the Synscan handset with a vengeance and once you have a computer outside (for guiding an capture) its only one more step to use a planetarium and EQMod to drive the mount pointing. Add in Plate Solving and Precision Slews then "Go Here" really is just that. EQmod does take a bit of configuration but once you have that done, it tends to just get on and do its thing in the background.

I have a Bluetooth EQ dongle and though it can be a bit finicky to get to connect (it wants to be powered first) it works really  well and saves a USB lead up to the mount.

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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #3 on: 17:41:04, 11 October, 2016 »
I loved it when I had EQ5 Pro mount. Align modelling is nice, getting better each time you sync (and you can delete sync points).
Used wireless gamepad controller with it successfully.
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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #4 on: 20:44:36, 11 October, 2016 »
Thanks for the replies. I will definitely try it at some point but I think perhaps I have enough on at the moment so will concentrate on resolving the alignment issues I'm having and getting my guiding to be better controlled. 
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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #5 on: 08:20:15, 12 October, 2016 »
I couldn't do without it.

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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #6 on: 18:51:05, 12 October, 2016 »
I couldn't do without it either (although my mount is a SynTrek so no hand controller) but still wouldn't be without it.  So much easier to select objects using planetarium software than a hand controller (but I'm a picture type of person) and all from the comfort of the sofa. 
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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #7 on: 20:12:41, 12 October, 2016 »
EQMod is, in my opinion, THE best thing to happen to ameteur astronomers with a Skywatcher mount ever.

As mentioned, primarily for astro-imagers.... but I would say mainly for obsy's or fixed setups (or serious sky camps like Kelling or Kielder)

The software is free (& being maintained), is ASCOM compatible so plugs into virtually any windows-based astro software, and you can even make the cable up yourself for next to nothing.

We have a section on here relating to the USB->serial stuff & EQMod....

    http://ukastroimaging.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=55743.0

or Chris Shillito's ASCOM tutorials

    http://ukastroimaging.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=50401.0

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Re: EQMOD - Worth Trying?
« Reply #8 on: 22:36:05, 17 October, 2016 »
Ok, looks like I really should try it  ;)

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