Since its release in 2018, the ASIAIR has been very well received. One of the things people enjoy the most is the GOTO accuracy. As long as your equatorial mount is one of the many that is supported then you to will have simple and accurate GOTO.

As one of the most popular mount brand in the world, SkyWatcher mount is widely used with ASIAIR. But how to connect these 2 devices?

 

There are two ways to connect your SkyWatcher mount to the ASIAIR.

1. Connect via serial port.

Connect the RJ – RJ232 (supplied with the mount) to the hand controller and the RS232 – USB cable supplied with the ASIAIR. This method does not require the purchase of any extra cables. In the ASIAIR App select SynScan when choosing your mount.

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The EQ8 and other newer mounts do not require an adapter but can instead be connect via the hand controller straight to the ASIAIR with the cable supplied with mount.

ASIAIR_SkyWatcher_Mount_Connecting_22. Connect via EQMOD.

If you prefer, you can connect from the SkyWatcher mount, straight into the ASIAIR, bypassing the hand controller. To use EQMOD, you need to purchase a third party, EQMOD dedicated cable. Another advantage to using EQMOD is you can skip the star alignment and go straight into plate solving.

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In the ASIAIR App, select EQMOD when choosing your mount.

 

And how to connect SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Mount with ASIAIR?

The AZ-GTi is a great portable mount and works with the ASIAIR via not just EQMOD but also wireless EQMOD.

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You can check the whole tutorial here for how to connect SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Mount with ASIAIR:

https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/manuals/ASIAIR_Sky-Watcher_AZ-GTI.pdf

52 Responses to How to Connect ASIAIR to Your SkyWatcher Mount?
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    I have an EQM-35 Pro and have not been able to connect in any manner other than ST4. I am able to connect my Canon Camera (5dsr) and guidescope (120mm-s). I was able to do a polar alignment, but I could not get the connection to the mount via any of the skywatcher synscan options. There is no USB connection option only a serial connection option or Ethernet. What is the point of having a newer mount if it can’t be recognized by the latest firmware I assume 5.81. It appears that you recommend purchasing an EQMOD cable. Does the SynScan still have to be connected to the mount for location and date adjustments? Does the EQMOD cable simply connect from the asiair to the mount’s autoguiding port, and do you have to disconnect the SynScan after inputting the information. Thanks.




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      1.Yes, you need an EQMOD cable. When you connect the mount and ASIAIR via EQMOD cable, you do not need adjust the location and date.
      2.The EQMOD cable directly connect from the ASIAIR to the mount’s handcontrol port.
      3.Do not need connect the SynScan.




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    Equipment is Rasa 11, skywatcher EQ6-pro, ASI 294. I’m having a few problems.

    After polar aligning, the goto function doesn’t consistently take me to a requested target. How can this be consistent and The target centered?

    The photos are in black and white (not color). Is there a setting in ASIAIR pro to get photos in color and to accurately goto target each time?

    Also the photos are jpegs when transferred from thumb drive to the computer. Are raw files not available in ASIAIR pro?

    Thanks for your help.




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    Can I use ASIair with Orion’s XT10g (Dobsonian, goto, alt-az) ? It has a synscan hand controller. It also supports WiFi. Thank you !




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      Sorry we don’t have test this mount. But you could try connect the synscan with ASIAIR via USB cable, and choose “Orion Atlas/HDX/Sirius” in the app drop-down menu options.




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    Hi, just purchased ASIair Pro. I’m using a Skywatcher EQ5 SynScan mount, Evoglide-59ED guidescope with a ZWO ASI Mini camera.

    Controlling the app thru an ipad

    I can’t get my telescope to communicate with the app for PA and plate solving. D I need to buy a special cable or maybe change the settings?

    One of the error messages I get is that I need to PA and 3 star align 1st? I thought that was one of the main advantages of this app?

    Please advise




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      Are you connecting ASIAIR and mount via hand controller? Please connect the hand controller to the mount first and then connect the hand controller to ASIAIR USB port via RS232 cable.




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    I connected my EQ6R-r Pro mount to the asiair via usv2 cable.

    I still had to use the mount’s hand controller to do intro date, time, long, lat. why?

    So I used the hand controller to input this info and the asiair app is showing, in Telescope Settings, a value for RA of 20h 21m 20s, even though my mount is in its home position and the entire mount is pointed directly at Polaris. Dec is 00 00 00. Why is this? I haven’t polar aligned yet. Is this RA value an error?




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    These directions make little sense to me. I bought an EQ6-R last month. First the “original” cable that came with the mount and hand controller looks nothing like the diagram. It’s simply a phone jack on one end, plugged into the phone jack called “hand controller” on the mount. So I don’t see how one connects the ASIAir Pro with the cables under Scenario 1.

    Second, why connect through the hand controller at all? What benefit is there? If you get a ISB 2.0 A to B (not supplied by ZWO) you plug in one end into the mount’s port and the other into the ASIAir Pro unit.

    Simple. Why get complicated in these instructions?

    Second,




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      1. First, connect the hand controller to the mount, then connect the hand controller to ASIAIR USB port, you will need to convert the RJ port to USB port.
      2. If connected via EQmod, it is easier, we recommend our customer to use this method.




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      This still makes no sense to me.

      I connected my NEW EQ6-R Pro Mount (which has a USB PORT) directly to the ASIAIR via a USB2 A -B cable. Since I have a USB port on the mount, I understand it DOESNT NEED an eqmod cable.

      Nonetheless, until I inputed through my hand controller (which I also had to connect to the mount) the intro date, time, long lat etc, I couldn’t seem to control the mount by the asiair. Is this correct? That I still need to use the hand controller initially?

      Do u have a complete tutorial on how to get started with ASIair?




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        Yes, you are connecting EQ6R PRO in the right way. It needs to input the date, time, long lat, etc initially.




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    Hello.

    I have a NEQ6 PRO and after getting the ASIAIR PRO i am experiencing connection problems.

    I have read the example of connection but i miss one cable on your advice . The One That goes from the synscan To the mount. What kind is it?

    I an facing another problem on It. Is the fact that both rs232 cables (the mount one and the asiair one) are male. And you say that there is not need to get any other cable for this connection.

    My Synscan model has not got the usb port.

    Here is your advice

    There are two ways to connect your SkyWatcher mount to the ASIAIR.
    1. Connect via serial port.
    Connect the RJ – RJ232 (supplied with the mount) to the hand controller and the RS232 – USB cable supplied with the ASIAIR. This method does not require the purchase of any extra cables. In the ASIAIR App select SynScan when choosing your mount.




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      1. The cable is provided by mount, it is the cable connect the mount and controller.
      2. No, one is male and one is female so they can connect to each other and you can connect the mount hand controller to ASIAIR USB port.




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    Hello. I have the SW NEQ6 PRO. And after getting the ASIAIR PRO i have experienced the connection problem.
    My hand control diésel not have USB port. Online 2x RJ

    When trying the solutión you give (attached bellow ). i miss one cable. could you tell me wich is the cable for the Connection beetween handcontrol and the mount? And, how do you connect (RJ – RJ232) and the (RS232 – USB) since both are male?

    Given solución:
    There are two ways to connect your SkyWatcher mount to the ASIAIR.
    1. Connect via serial port.
    Connect the RJ – RJ232 (supplied with the mount) to the hand controller and the RS232 – USB cable supplied with the ASIAIR. This method does not require the purchase of any extra cables. In the ASIAIR App select SynScan when choosing your mount.

    There are two ways to connect your SkyWatcher mount to the ASIAIR.
    1. Connect via serial port.
    Connect the RJ – RJ232 (supplied with the mount) to the hand controller and the RS232 – USB cable supplied with the ASIAIR. This method does not require the purchase of any extra cables. In the ASIAIR App select SynScan when choosing your mount.




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      1. The cable is provided by mount, it is the cable connect the mount and controller.
      2. No, one is male and one is female so they can connect to each other and you can connect the mount hand controller to ASIAIR USB port.




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    The asiAir pro will not recognize that the st-4 cable is connected between my asi120mm-mini and the iOptron skyguider pro when I select “on-camera-st4” on the mount selection. It says “connect failed: please open the guide camera first”. The guide camera is already connected and able to loop photos.

    Do you know why it won’t recognize my mount? This works with other people’s setups. I based my setup from Peter Zelinka on YouTube and his doesn’t have that error message. I’ve tried iPhone iPad and android. Everything is on and the rest of the functions within the app work. If it doesn’t see my mount I’m afraid it won’t actually guide. Please help – I just spent a lot of money on this gear and this hiccough is rather frustrating.

    Thanks in advance!




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    Hello,
    The asiair pro is a wonderful tool. However I cannor connect it to my 10micron 1000hps. Neither wifi nore the cable works. Could you help me? Thanks in advance.




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    ciao è possibile connettere asi air a Bresser exos2 goto?




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    Hello ZWO,

    Can I open an image on the ASIAIRpro, solve it, then goto the same position?
    This is to finish a previous imaging session,

    Thank you




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    Will the Asiair Pro and suitable camera work with a Skywatcher Star adventurer and Skywatcher 72ed telescope, with a ZWO 30mm f4 guidescope?




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      Yes, the ASIAIR PRO is support the Skywatcher Star adventurer and will work with Skywatcher 72ed telescope, with a ZWO 30mm f4 guidescope.




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    My equipment: Skywatcher MAK127 AZ GoTo
    Software used: SkySafari Pro
    What I want: wireless connection to mount and camera

    Is ASIAIR compatible? Which model?
    Differences between ASIAIR and SKYFI III?

    Thank you,




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      Yes, the ASIAIR is compatible with your mount. You could use RJ-RS232 to USB-RS232 to connect your mount with ASIAIR. And then set IP Address (e.g 10.0.0.1) and Port Number (e.g 4030) in SkySafari. Now you could use ASIAIR APP in your phone to contral the mount.
      Maybe you could see the description on our website to see the differencs between ASIAIR and SKYFI III.




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    Can the ASiair Pro connect to the Sky-Watcher AZ GTI?




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    This thing is amazing. The new update that allows you to use your home network has been very welcome. I can now manage everything from indoors.

    Can’t wait for the asi air pro!




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    This looks like a very good solution.
    Am considering the ASIAIR PRO
    Can you confirm that this will control a Celestron CGEM mount?

    Thank-you,

    Bryan




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    1. where can I buy the EQMOD cable for HEQ5 mount and skywatcher mount?
    2. I want to order the new version of ASIair pro
    3. where can i install the android version of ASIair app? what is the minimum spec. requirement?




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      1. You may check it online, like Amazon.
      2. It is expected to be available around March due to the coronavirus, we have to work at home and delay our delivery, but you can order it now.
      3. From Appstore and Play store, for more info, pleas click
      ASIAIR PRO




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    Can ASIAIR work with AZ-GTi in alt-az mode (for plate solving only, not tracking) or it requires the equatorial wedge? Thanks!




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    My mount is SkyWatcherEQ5 goto. I connedt EQ5 to ASIAIR via EQMOD.
    I tried to use SkySafari while connecting mount via EQOD, but I can’t.
    Please tell me How to use SkySafari while connenting mount via EQMOD.




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