For those who need help choosing a setup or want further advice on how to improve their own setup
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I've just been sorting out a problem which Bill Chamberlain had with his Synscan EQ5 mount - it wouldn't communicate with either his EQDIRECT-USB lead or even its original hand-control. This turned out to be a mechanical issue with the 8P8C (RJ45) socket on his mount: one of the sprung pins had become displaced, so that it wasn't making contact when the plug was inserted:After a lot of "delicate persuasion" with the end of a long sewing-needle (now rather bent!), I managed to re-form all the pins to their original shape, so they now make contact: This type of rectangular connector (8P8C, 6P4C, 4P4C) is used on lots of 'scope mounts (including my Celestron) as well as computers, modems (and even the microphones on modern ham radio transceivers), and it's all to easy to mess them up if you insert the plug at an funny angle, or even upside-down - easily done when connecting up your 'scope mount in the dark!
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