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    Well, I finally had time to travel down to Vancouver telescopes this weekend. I believe the stand is a EQ5 equivalent, sold by Canadian telescopes. The optical tube is a Used floor model, Kson 5-inch. The hand control is made by Ioptical, I'm unsure if the stand was a regular EQ5 (equivalent) with the ioptical motorized attachment added on later. Heres the overall picture of the setup

    I think I may have rushed the guys in the store a little to much, a couple of items were forgotten in the process, namely the powersupply. I should also add, I have no clue what extras were originally meant to be included with the mount. To make matters worse, I can't find any records of what the stand needed to be sold with, battery pack? stand for the controller?
    Here are some more pictures, I'd like to give the telescope a go tonight, hopefully It'll clear up.


    I need to go back to Vancouver telescopes to bring back the rings for better alternates. The rings I currently have right now were from a compound telescope that they had in the store. They had other rings for the Kson, but they had to drill new holes in the bracket and couldn't do it at the moment, I'll call for a ETA on Monday and probably pick everything I need on Saturday if i can figure out what i need that goes with the stand.

    I'll also need to start figuring out how to bypass the hand-controller and plug it directly into a computer, but the issue now is finding what is needed for the stand, or the accessory's.

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    The power issue may be a little interesting to deconflict tonight.

    But you may be able to go to an electronics shop and get a power adapter which puts out 12V DC and use that tonight (assuming you have power to your observing site).

    If you were to buy a cheap jumpstarter and got a pretty standard 12 volt cigarette lighter that combo would likely work as well - except that they usually recommend you charge the jumpstarter for 24 hours or so before using it - so that may not be a great option for tonight.

    If you have a car or motorcycle battery you could go to your local auto parts store and they'd likely have the cables, clamps, etc. to allow you to cobble something together to power the sucker tonight.

    Lots of ways to go. Not sure which is best for you.

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    Lots of ways to go. Not sure which is best for you.
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    I'll use the skywatcher EQ5 mount handbook to set it up and a guide for reading the dials.

    And the skys are perfectly clear at the moment, interesting...

    I've narrowed my controller to 8402 (I do believe). I still don't know what came with the mount in the first place.

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    Great pics - congrats, and thanks for sharing!

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    Congratulations on your new telescope.

    The drive on your mount appears identical to the iOptron NOVA GOTO Drive as the drive is sold under several brand names. If so, go to the iOptron web site and download their "sparse manual" for their NOVA GOTO Drive ( www.ioptron.com ).

    The NOVA drive is very accurate but has few frills. You will need to prepare a viewing plan before going out at night to really take advantage of the mount. The drive is suitable for astrophotography but its self-guider port is not ST4 compatible.

    Power. 12vdc, center pin positive. I use two power sources.... an automotive starter battery and a power pack I made (10 rechargable AA batteries). Both work very well.

    Start position is polar aligning the mount and telescope. Close is good enough for visual observing.
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    Congratulations on your new scope!
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    Joe is correct-- looks like an iOptron hand controller and drive. The hand controller is identical to the iOptron.
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    Nice set up! Hope the sky stays clear. Good luck have fun and enjoy

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    Dang, I wrote 'Ioptical' instead of Ioptron in the OP...

    Yep that looks like the kit although the controller is just a little bit different. It only gives the URL for Ioptron on the back. I can't find the number for this controller, nor any documents for this exact controller...

    Without being ST-4 out of the box compatible (without extra attachment), What kind of guiders does that leave me to? Only computer based?

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    Congrats on the scope. I hope the skies clear up tonight
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