Re: Using the GTO keypad with the Mach2
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Yes, I am the same Peter from TEC forum. Thanks for the kind words.
I am somewhat a little disappointed that Mach2 will no longer accept external cables to be routed through the mount. Mach2 has internal power and USB3 cables (one of each) which means you may need some kind of hub or power distribution at the scope if you want clean cable management.
Personally I feel the advertisement of "through the mount cabling" for Mach2 at A-P web site is a little misleading because the same exact words are said for A-P1100 and A-P1600 mounts which allow external cables to be routed through the mount. I hope some customers won't feel betrayed about Mach2 advertisement about "through the mount cabling". I think it needs to be clarified.
Personally I could not live without through the mount cabling with my former Mach1 and current A-P1100AE because I never even for a second think about cables getting snagged.
My comments no way meant to offend A-P, just my opinion about it. I absolutely love A-P products.
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Wow, impressive Peter.. basically uninterruptible power. On more than one occasion I’ve tripped over, and/or yanked a power cord out (I am eternally clumsy). Over the last winter I’ve gone to adding luminescent tape to many of the cords and wires and tripod legs, observing chair legs. It helps me a lot to keep aware of all the places that are trip or snag hazards, especially the way I’ve wired my mount with USB hub, focus controller and power center mostly mounted on the tripod legs.. I have a lot of wires flying around and they’re mostly black, so the tape placed at 1 foot internals or so helps a lot. So I’m always keeping track of where the wires are when doing meridian flips or initial slews. I am in the process or redesigning to accommodate the USB Hub, power distribution and focus controller on the telescope side by side mount which is going to be a lot tidier and avoid most of the issue with cables on my current setup, and I think 100% resolved with the Mach2 internal cabling.
I think Peter, I see you on the TEC forum as well.. Your astrophotography is gorgeous.