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Phew What a Gruler (yet another senior moment)


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Having been gifted a used laptop over the Xmas holidays by an acquaintance and not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, I thought that it would be nice to configure such for a dedicated imaging joby that could be completely divorced from the vagaries of the dreaded windoze™ updates.

The laptop arrived not quite “bare bones” but fairly well empty with a very old version of windoze™ 10. I downloaded and run ASCOM on an initial basis but after having done so I experienced the famous (infamous) windoze™ blue screen of death; as a result I opted to take the machine back to “factory” settings whilst simultaneously injecting the latest incarnation of the operating system. I re-injected ASCOM and it worked; so far so good.

I further downloaded and set up PHD2, APT, CDC, ZWO, USB to Serial, ASTAP, and Pegasus Astro (focuser) software. I set all the required parameters within the software (lat, lon, altitude, FL of guide and main scope etc) and gave ASTAP a simulated plate solve to prove functionality; all went swimmingly.

Flashed up the mount, entered date and time in the correct format (I have fallen for the Americanese before) set up “PC Direct” this is where the swearing started. Try as I might I could not get the mount to connect to CDC via ASCOM. Usual routine check all the software, cables, cogitate, go for a walk, check again. Take down the USB hub run the feeds as singulars still no joy, another cup of coffee and then the epiphany! I had neglected to download and install EQMOD. AAAAAAAAAAAARGH.

I am going to start making lists. ? 

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I remember the days of DOS and when Windows was initially just an system operating layer, bliss. Don’t miss the 5 1/4 floppy disks though. Mention DOS to young adults today and they go blank, then I mention paper readers for Bios........I just realised I am old ????

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Posted by: @MartinS

I remember the days of DOS and when Windows was initially just an system operating layer, bliss. Don’t miss the 5 1/4 floppy disks though. Mention DOS to young adults today and they go blank, then I mention paper readers for Bios........I just realised I am old ????

I remember that well, you no doubt remember "Eddie Murphy's" laugh on the Mac operating system when one left a operator out writing basic. That was just before Microsoft stole windows from them......Allegedly.  

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