|Average Rating (6 Reviews): |Works as expected, but tough to get out of the mount.
Monday, 19 January 2015 | Chris
This works fine with my WinXP laptop and my AZ-EQ6 mount. The only issue I have is that it is a bit finicky to get XP to recognize the device and it took a couple of attempts to recognize the device. Once it had found it once it was able to recognize it straight away from then on (regardless of whether I plugged the cable into the laptop directly, or via a powered USB hub).
The RJ45 plug is protected by a plastic shield to ensure that you can not accidentally break off the retaining clip (which is a fairly common issue with RJ45 cables). Unfortunately the plastic that makes up the shield goes hard when it gets cold and it is extremely difficult to remove the cable at the end of a cold night of imaging.
Thursday, 13 February 2014 | Paul
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.
"The" way to control your mount
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 | Kayron
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!
Drivers must be installed
Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Mark
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.
what driver for windows 8???
Friday, 17 May 2013 | Sheryl
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
Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | Robert
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.