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Project:
Adapt my new HEQ5 to my demands


Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. EQDIRECT from D-sub to RJ45
  3. Power terminal of HEQ5 changed
  4. To be continued

Note:
I take no responsibility or liability for what are written here, you use the information on your own risk!


1: Introduction

Recently I bought an used HEQ5 mount. My idea is to use this mount when travel by my car to dark places. Much less weight compare to my EQ6 pro mount. When I'm using my 300 mm lens I don't need the stability of the EQ6, and the HEQ5 mount has about the same precision.

EQDIRECT USB to RJ 45 cable

I bought this mount used and the earlier owner has already installed a belt drive, that save me a lot of time. The weight of the HEQ5 mount with one 5 kilos balance weight is about 19 kg. The EQ6 mount is at least 5 kilo more heavier. The tripod can be replaced with something lower because I don't use it for visual observations.

There are some problem to solve:
1: The serial cable, the EQDIRECT has not the same connector. Here I change the cable from 9-pol D-sub to RJ45 standard.
2: The power connector isn't very good, it can fall out and then the mount loses its power.


EQDIRECT USB to RJ 45 cable

I also plan to control this mount with a Raspberry Pi4 one chip computer. That saves a lot of power and then the need for a heavy battery is reduced.

There more to do but I start with this so I can start use the mount.

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