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    Well everyone is so friendly and encouraging me to ask questions so here goes.

    Tried to upgrade my handset as it is showing version 1.3 and all I get is "cannot connect to handset". Downloaded Firmware loader 3.0 and driver for usb to com port and when I plug it in it is recognising link with handset. Then I plug in power holding down buttons 0 8 and press upgrade on programme then the problem exists.


    I have purchased a phillips webcam spc and upgraded it as per instructions and switched off light permanately but it dosn't focus when I connect to my laptop programme " craterlet". So frustrating that I am thinking of puchasing a connection ring for my Canon slr instead.

    Sorry for 2 problems but you did say all I had to do is ask.

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    Hi Jack,

    Are you updating a EQ or AltAZ?
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    Not sure whether pre v3 versions are upgradeable

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    See page 14 in this manual--

    http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/s...09V3-03.05.pdf

    Looks like from VERSION 3 it is user updateable.
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    Jack,

    The SynScan firmware is user upgradeable from version 3.0 onward for either the EQ mount or the AZ mount versions. Earlier versions are not user upgradable. I do not know if you purchased a version 3.0 handset if it will work on your mount.

    Sorry but can't help you with the web camera thing.
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    Many thanks for the help with synscan, will just have to go with this version for now. Anyone know any programme that might help my webcam. Been told Vlounge is good but can't find a free download.

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    I'm not sure which mount you have, but another option you may have rather than replacing your old SynScan (non-updateable) hand controller: Perhaps you could use EQMOD and purchase an EQDIRECT interface box (about $40 in the U.S.; far cheaper than a new SynScan hand controller).

    This last weekend I was struggling getting my SynScan hand controller to work with my PC software (Starry Night), and EQMOD ended up solving my problems. I am finding it very versatile and significantly more useful than the SynScan hand controller, at least when connected to a PC.

    I have not bought the EQDIRECT interface box yet (I'm running the signal through the SynScan hand controller in "PC DIRECT" mode, which causes it to bypass the controller functions), so I cannot vouch for it. But it occurred to me at the time that EQMOD might be a better (and cheaper) route to go for upgrading a system, since the SynScan hand controller can be completely removed if you get the interface box. That all depends, of course, on which mount you have and whether it is able to interface successfully with EQMOD.

    For more info in general: EQMOD

    And for a list of known compatible mounts: EQMOD

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    Many thanks for that jstrong611 will look into it.

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    [QUOTE=sxinias;1057299533]Jack,

    The SynScan firmware is user upgradeable from version 3.0 onward for either the EQ mount or the AZ mount versions. Earlier versions are not user upgradable. I do not know if you purchased a version 3.0 handset if it will work on your mount.


    Hi...

    Been trying to update my SynScan controller and eventually found this post...
    Just bought the thing 2 weeks ago and see mine is Version 1.7

    So, is that it... i cannot update firmware and a version 3+ might not opperate my mount?
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    And those faces on my previous post were not supposed to be smiling!!!!!!
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