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Waiting on a new Hercules HTN-400. The URL below will let you get a glimpse of this scope.  http://www.telescopeshercules.com/htn400?lightbox=image1mcz  

Ordered this OTA in april 2016 after looking at it at NEAF in 2016.  6-8-2017....it has arrived. 9-5-2017...still waiting on parts...not happy.

Mount Automation

One hangup....literally are control cables for mounts. As you can see on my equipment page even Paramount and Astophysics mounts are challenged to provide the passageway for 6 to 10 cables. I have spoken to several successful remote imagers and this problem can be addressed/simplified by running a 12 volt power line thought the mount and a single ethernet communication line. Using a mini/micro PC and a power distribution hub the majorigy of communication/power lines are out of the way of entanglement .....except for the camera rotator mechanism.


Here is a recommended power distribution hub. 


Here is an example of a power supply. 


Here is a recommended micro/mini PC


Another recommeded micro/mini PC is the FIT PC


Here is yet another Small form factor PC.


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