Re: Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)
I use Amazon cables all the time and have for years with no issues at all. I don't use the Amazon Basic branded ones. When I went to set up my Mach 2 I realized I did not have an A to A USB3 cable as well, so I picked up the 6-foot UGREEN cable from Amazon. Works great.
As for mounting things on tripods, I usually use trusty outdoor rated Velcro. It can be a pain to get back off if you want to remove it, so be careful about that, but it holds nicely.
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 thru-mount USB when using USB 3.0 ? (and an M51)
Just to get some closure on this.... I've pretty much resolved my QHY268M -> Mach2 data issue with a new (shorter) cable.
Last night I secured a 3 foot USB-3-rated Male-A to Male-A cable from Amazon. The brand was U-Green.
(I know you all said to be careful on the amazon cables, but for a few bucks and free shipping I thought it wouldn't be too much of a gamble.)
I plugged this into the Mach2 pass-thru and to the computer (which is now sitting under the mount, and that's ok).
The camera side cable is the shortest USB-3 cable with Male-B connector I could find around the house.. (Its like maybe 1.5 meters.. I think the "factory supplied" QHY cable is 2 meters. I'm actually looking for a shorter cable for the camera side as this one needs to get wrapped up a bunch.)
This setup seemed to work fine last night! No dropped connections to the camera, no messed up frames, etc.
So I suspect the issue is the 6 foot "USB 3 rated" cable I was using. (Nonetheless, I do have a pegasus v2 on-the-way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
;^) Longshot followup question: Now that the computer is "on the floor" under the Mach2 Eagle... Does anyone have experience with a super clean solution for mounting a Mac Mini (2012) on the side of the Eagle pier?
I'm thinking of getting a wall mount for the Mac Mini, and then use some sort of adapter (possibly plastic or delrin) to go between the Mac Mini wall mount and the pier, using one (or two) of the many holes on the Eagle pier.
A better solution would entail a custom "mounting" using the AP Tray brackets... This setup is to be used "portable" , so setup / teardown needs to be easy.