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Price:  £27.95HitecAstro EQDIR adapter for EQMOD

HitecAstro EQDIR adapter for EQMOD
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Model:  HitecAstro_EQDIR-1
Brand:  HitecAstro

New convenient design with electronics built into plug and no need for separate USB lead. 

This new compact and convenient EQDIR adapter allows direct connection of Skywatcher EQ5 PRO, HEQ5 Syntrek/PRO, NEQ6 Syntrek/PRO, AZ EQ6-GT and EQ8 mounts to your laptop. 

The EQMOD project consists of a suite of open source applications that bypasses the hand-controller and communicates directly with the mount's stepper motor controller.

2m cable length.  

Compatible with Windows XP, 7 & 8. 

Windows 8 users, please download this Windows 8 Driver (zip) and read these installation instructions (pdf). 

Using EQMod article by Steve Richards

EQMOD website

EQMOD User Group  

NOTE: The Skywatcher EQ5 PRO, HEQ5 PRO/Syntrek, AZ EQ6-GT and EQ8 mounts all use the same HitecAstro EQDIR adapter so if you upgrade from one to another you will not need an additional EQDIR adapter. 

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Freedom.
Thursday, 13 February 2014  | 

It just works. Installed the drivers first then plugged it into a USB port. Opened up EQMOD - Laptop connected to mount. Running Windows 7.

I say freedom because you can do so much more then the handset. Actually I haven't looked back!

As another reviewer has said - There should be thumb screws instead of just screws. Hence why I've given 4 stars.


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"The" way to control your mount
Tuesday, 24 September 2013  | 

I personally left the SynScan Hand Controller behind over six months ago and it was the best move I have made in astrophotography. The extra flexibility of control, alignment and object database are fantastic and is something you really should get into if your mount is supported for ASCOM control.

Regarding this EQDirect cable, I actually already owned one before buying this on First Light Optics. I had an old version that was basically a box that needed a separate USB lead. As soon as I saw this new version here though, I ordered it and it was well-worth it. The EQDirect interface is contained in the small USB connector and so reduces the risks of damage and is very compact and an all-in-one cable. Moreover, the cable itself has plenty of length at 2 metres. Well worth the buy!


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Drivers must be installed
Thursday, 29 August 2013  | 

A great product but the only minor quibble is that I spent an hour in frustration trying to get EQMOD to see the adapter. Hence only 4 stars. No instruction sheet came with it so I didn't realise I needed to install a driver for Windows XP (it's probably the case for other versions of Windows as well. There's a download link for Windows 8 on the FLO info tab for this product but not for Windows XP. I ended up going to the Support page of HitecAstro and the driver link is there. As soon as I had done that, EqDir worked flawlessly.


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what driver for windows 8???
Friday, 17 May 2013  | 

I jumped at the chance to get this new windows 8 compatible eqdir adapter after finding out my new win 8 laptop was not compatible with the previous eqdir adapter. Got it and I still cannot get hooked up to work on my win 8 laptop. Previous reviewer said they got it working after finding the "right" driver. Why is there not a link to what I need flo? This has 1 star only because I cant give less...I am so disappointed in wasting more of my time trying to conect something to win 8 which IS NOT COMPATIBLE!!!

FLO Response: The Windows 8 driver and installation instructions can be downloaded from this 'product info' page


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Works a treat!
Wednesday, 1 May 2013  | 

Install the "right" drivers, plug in the HitecAstro EQDIR and turn on the mount and away you go. I found this easy to setup in WIndows 8 after tracking down the right drivers. Seems very stable - used for 3 sessons (9 hours) so far with no issues. Would give it 5 stars but I dont like the little screws that fix to the mount port - should have been thumb screws. As it is you need a small screwdrver if you want to remove it when you pack up at the end of a session.