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mramirez

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Using AstroEQ without a PC
« on: March 01, 2020, 16:56:08 »

Hi all.
I have observed that, once the AstroEQ is connected (via EQMOD), if I disconnect the PC, the AstroEQ keeps on running. So that, if it was at sideral speed, keeps on running at this speed.
I wonder, is it possible to start running AstroEQ (at sideral speed) without using a PC?
Thanks for your help.
Mateo
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ecc2000

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Re: Using AstroEQ without a PC
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2020, 17:59:52 »

Hello,

I think your answer is here!, But you need an extra pad, I don't know! yes maybe to start the engines!

https://www.astroeq.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=190.0

Good night

Pierre
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mramirez

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Re: Using AstroEQ without a PC
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2020, 20:47:42 »

Hi Pierre.
Thanks for your quick answer.
So that, according with Tomís sentence in the link you mentioned (see below), without the need to connect a PC any time, as soon as you connect the Hand-Controller to the AstroEQ, this energizes (connect) the motors.
Am I right?

(When the hand controller is first plugged in, you must select ST-4 speed in order for it to be detected - selecting any other speed will not force the AstroEQ into standalone mode.)

Thanks again Pierre.
Best Regards.
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TCWORLD

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Re: Using AstroEQ without a PC
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2020, 22:34:16 »

Hi Mateo,

Correct, using the hand controller schematic from that thread will allow you to move the mount around using NESW buttons, at three different speeds (ST-4 speed, 2x speed, and Go-To speed) without the need for a PC. #

You must select the ST-4 speed on the hand controller in order for the AstroEQ to detect there is a hand controller plugged in. Once detected it will automatically start tracking at the sidereal speed. The NESW speed inputs are relative to sidereal, so selecting 2x speed will actually be 3x west and 1x east.

To switch back to allowing EQMOD to control the mount, you need to remove the hand controller (or select 2x/GoTo speed), then power cycle the AstroEQ.

Kind Regards,
Tom.
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mramirez

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Re: Using AstroEQ without a PC
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2020, 23:48:48 »

Ok, thanks a lot Tom.

Regards

Mateo
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