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

139 Responses to How to Connect ASIAIR to Your SkyWatcher Mount?
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    Is the AsiAir Pro compatible with the “FORNAX FM 52” Equatorial Mount?
    Cheers, Theo




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    Hello I have an HEQ 5 PRO and I am not able to connect properly with direct cable please advise as to how I can connect to ASIAIR PRO and or direct me to a detailed instruction on procedure as I have been researching for quite some time and it is very frustrating your help is greatly appreciated

    Angela




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    For anyone having issues with the EQ6-R PRO please look at the following link https://gist.github.com/timucingelici/217ac492bc2b127c6645ce033463d265

    I have had similar issues to many other connecting directly to my mount using the usb a to usb b cable, i have been able to update my hand controller firmware and my mount firmware but am unable to connect it to eqascom on the pc. I have also been unable to connect to the asi air pro using every setting possible.

    It appears the culprit is a new version of the prolific serial converter chipset that has been installed on the mount and is not yet supported by the asi air i also suspect my pc driver will not be up to date as well.

    The link above mentions a way around the issue but is a risky and complicated process. Until an update for the air fixes the issue people with the new chipset like myself will just have to buy an eqmod cable.

    For a deeper explanation from my understanding the usb port on the latest mount version has an inbuilt serial converter that automatically converts the high level instructions from your pc etc into low level ones for the motor control board. Therefore if its a new chipset thats not fully supported as yet the easiest fix is an eqmod cable as i understand it has its own converter built into the cable. This should only be on the latest versions of the mount supposedly.

    Feel free to correct me but thats what iv found after the last 5 days of searching




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    Asiair pro will not connect to the skywatcher az gti
    I have gone through all the settings as advertised on you site
    Changing settings in SynScan and selecting eqmod mount
    Ethernet port 11880 udp slide to connect and always fails ?? Help anyone




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    Hi

    I’ve just received my ASIAIR pro.

    2 questions regarding connecting it properly with my sw eq6-pro mount

    1. I believe not all cables usb->rs232 are fine to use? From what I can see USB to RS232 COM FTDI FT232RL should work fine and connect?
    2. How do I connect guiding? Can see the todo anywhere. I use zwo asi 120mm mini. Do I need to use rj12 from my camera to mount? Or use usb to rj12 adapter so I connect usb to ASIAIR pro and rj12 to my guiding mount? Or I don’t connect anything and the connection from point 1 does the trick and enables the guiding? And I only select eqmod?




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    I cannot get the pro to sync with the skywatcher heq5 I also cannot get the pro to go into station mode this is getting very frustrating I’ve tried the suggestions everybody is talked about on here but none of them seem to be working I have the EQMOD connected
    Thank you for any help




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    I received a new EQ6-R Pro and ASIAIR Pro last week. I’m having trouble connecting them using a USB cable. I have tried setting EQMod Mount and 115200 baud in the ASI settings with my USB cable connected to the mount and also to the Synscan USB port but it will not recognize the mount. I did figure out that I can use Skywatcher Synscan with the USB cable connected to the Synscan controller after a start alignment. However, I would like to use the mount without the controller. What do I need to do to get the ASI app to recognize the EQ6 on EQMod Mount setting?




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    On ASIairV1.1 can I use it to connect to Skywatcher Synscan WIFI dongle on a Skywatcher EQ3Pro Synscan
    Naturally if I connect to the dongle WIFI through my IPad I couldn’t connect to the ASIair WIFI.




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    Hi, I have a problem with asi air pro.
    I currently use an eq5 pro mount, connected through the eqmod cable.
    Everything works well, I can solve without any problem, I center the object very precisely, but I never finish a session because the mount always makes the optics slam on the telescope tripod.
    I checked the date and coordinates and they are correct, I use the latest version of asiair pro. What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks in advance




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    Asi Air è compatibile con Celestron SLT? grazie




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    Bonjour
    Je n’arrive pas à connecter ma star adventurer avec l’asiair pro, comment dois je la raccorder
    Merci Pascal




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    Hi
    I have a Sky-Watcher EQ-6 mount (with RS-232 connection) an I tried to use an EQdir cable (Ikarus tech.) with the ASIAIR and the mount wasn´t detected. Is there any driver problem?
    Thanks!




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    Why are the instructions for using the ASIAir Pro with the NEW EQ6R-Pro so vague? You really need to create a step by step guide for such a critical item rather than having vague guides and conflicting answers.

    I have the mount connected to the Air via the mounts USB port. Do I need the hand controller? You seem to imply “yes” in some answers above. Why?
    I need to select “EQMod” as the mount “type” in the ASI App, is this correct?

    What is the correct connection, setup and startup process when using the EQ6R-Pro? (exactly)




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      Sorry for the inconvenience. We can’t create such a clearly guide due to the ASIAIR PRO supports a huge number of mounts.
      You do not need hand controller when connect the mount to the ASIAIR PRO via the USB port. And select “EQMod” in the ASIAIR app, baud 115200.




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    I have just bought an iOptron CEM70G. I have setup an old PC running Windows 10 2020 with the ASCOM Platform, IOptron Commander, iPolar, PDH2 and just need a clear night!

    I like the all in one ASIair approach though. A few questions
    1. Is the CEM70G supported and if so what is the best way to connect to it? The built in iPolar and iGuide cameras are accessible on the CEM70G main USB 3.0 port.
    2. Is the built in iPolar camera (basically a Windows HD camera (1280 x 960)) supported
    3. Same question for the iGuide

    Apart from that happy to use ZWO cameras on the Celestron Edge HD 8”

    Many Thanks

    Phil




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      Yes, the ASIAIR PRO support CEM70G. You can connect the mount to ASIAIR PRO via USB port, select CEM40 in the AIR app, baud 115200.
      But sorry to tell you that ASIAIR PRO does not support the build in iPolar or iGuide.




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    Can I use the ASIStudio software to control my ASIAir. I do not want to have to buy a tablet just to use my ASIAir. My smart phone screen is too small to use for Astronomy stuff.




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    Hi,

    Does the ASIAir include the necessary FTDI drivers for the EQMod Cable to function? I have an EQMod cable I use with my HEQ5 but I had to install drivers on my laptop for the cable to work. Or is it that I just got a cheap cable (it was $4.99 but works great once the drivers were installed) that required the drivers separately? I ordered an ASIAir but want to make sure I don’t have issues with EQMod.

    Also, I’ve seen some using Bluestacks on a PC\Laptop with Windows to emulate iOS and run the ASIAir App and SkySafari. But I would assume there is still no way to tie it in with the Windows Based versions of Stellarium or Astrophotography tool? I have the Synscan Wifi adapter but saw in other post where the response was no go with ASIAir. It would be great if ASIAir could share the Synscan Wifi Adapter with a Laptop via the WiFi connection. Others would say it defeats the purpose but I love Stellarium but also the functionality of the ASIAir App.

    Thanks!




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      There is no any drivers required in using EQMod function.
      Yes, the ASIAIR can not be tied in with the Windows Based versions of Stellarium or Astrophotography tool.
      Sorry the ASIAIR PRO can not work with Synscan Wifi adapter, but we will convey your feedback to our des, and they will consider this.




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    Hi, I’ve read I need to use an EQMOD cable to connect my Skywatcher EQ3 mount to ASI AIR PRO.
    Is it possible to connect this Skywatcher Synscan EQ3 Mount using the wifi adapter?
    I followed the procedure written for AZ GTI wi-fi, but it doesn’t work.
    Regards, Antonio.




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    Hello everyone, I would ask for help and information about the following: I use the NEQ6-R Pro with USB plug in, the ASI AIR, the ASI120M as my guiding camera and either the Nikon D810a or the ASI1600M plus EFW as imaging device. Focussing is done with the EAF.
    Now the questions: When I connect the ASIAIR with the handcontroller and set the scope to Skywatcher SynScan, it works fine as long as I do not start the guiding routine – then the mount starts to move away and calibration does not work (ST-4 cable connected from ASI120 to NEQ6). When I set the mount to ST-4 on camera, the mount does not move but guiding calibration and operation is very fine. So either I can control the mount or the guiding, not both.
    Next problem: When I use the ASI1600M plus EFW, the focus changes of course, when I switch from L to R oder Ha or whatever. I do not see any possiblilty to set a different focus position for the ASI EAF in the ASIAIR menu. Did I miss something? Focus must be adjusted because the image in L is sharp and with Ha or OIII ist blurred – not much, but it is definetly not in focus.
    Of course, when I use the NIkon D810a, that problem does not exist – only the fact, that there is no temperature compensation for the possible focus change when the temperature is dropping during the night.
    Well, are these the limitation of that tiny system? Then I have to live with it. But the inability to use guiding when the mount is set to Skywatcher SynScan should have a solution, I think. Maybe I connected something wrong.
    Can you please advise me?
    Thanks!




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      1.You do not need connect the ST-4 port to ASIAIR, you only need connect it via USB cable to ASIAIR. And then choose EQmod on the ASIAIR app.
      2.You did not miss something, we will add the auto focus function in the next version of ASIAIR. And it will release in the near future.




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    I have a EQ3 mount and eqmod cable. I plugged the cable into the sync scan controller and the other end is asiair. In the asiair app, I selected [EQ MOD with sky safari] and baud is 9600, serial rs232. Unfortunately, I cannot connected

    Could you tell what has been wrong in this setup? Thanks




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