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Model: ha_mount_hub_pro-v4Part Number: HiTecAstroHubProV4
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OK, letís get the obvious point out of the way first. This is expensive. For me, I saw this as a way to simplify my session setup time and to vastly improve my cable management, which was becoming ridiculous. In this respect, it has worked very well. I now have the Mount Hub Pro v4 permanently fixed on top of the Tube Rings under the Guide Scope using the provided bracket. I have had issues connecting my iOptron GEM45, however. Firstly, the integrated iPolar scope will not work through the hub, and so I need to connect this directly to my laptop during polar alignment. No big deal. Also, the mount wonít directly to the hub, however, this is easily remedied by adding a cheap unpowered 4-way USB hub between the GEM45 mount and the Mount Hub. Again, no big deal. The software is good, simple to use and reliable. So, is it worth the cost? Well, that is for each person to judge for themselves based on individual needs. For me, it has made a huge difference, and I wouldnít want to go back to the jumbled cabling mess of before. If it helps me to eliminate those occasional nights when Iím plagued with random connectivity issues, it will be worth every penny.
First of all let me just start by saying first class service from FLO, item was delivered the day after ordering. The Mount Hub Pro V4 does exactly what it is supposed to especially with the cable management issue, it would be nice if somehow it could be upgraded with a wireless dongle to eliminate the need for a cable from the laptop all together.
I baulked at the price of this item and I only really bought it because I needed the USB hub; but, oh wow, I should have bought it before. I bought a Nevada switch-mode power supply to feed it and together they offer perfect power control for all my accessories. The only thing that disappointed me was there were no comprehensive setup instructions in the box and when I plugged everything in I expected them to light up, but they didn't. This is because you need to go to the HitecAstro website and download the software that runs it - but I had to work that out for myself. As soon as I had done that, perfect. It is an awful lot of money; but if you need a dew controller and a focus controller and a central power supply for 4 items and a USB hub then this things gives it to you in one piece of kit that is very light and compact. And just for a change, it is British made, not Chinese.
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