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Old 31-12-2017, 03:08 AM
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Skywatcher Synscan Hand Control V3 or V4


I have a 16" DOB reflector with the SYNSCAN 3 handset with latest firmware.

Is there any significant benefit upgrading to the SYNSCAN 4 handset?

Try as I might, I cannot find any detailed info on the differences/benefits.

Thanks all.
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Old 31-12-2017, 08:51 AM
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My understanding is the Version 4 has new electronics (hardware) - the original V3 electronics being no longer available...so if you lose/ damage a V3 then the only option is a V4 replacement.
The Synscan versions are to accommodate to new ALt-Az EQ designs etc.
You could check the Skywatcher site and see what's new in each version?
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Old 31-12-2017, 11:59 AM
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There is no benefit whatsoever in upgrading to V.4. In fact, two features
have been deleted, one being the ambient temperature display, and the
other I can't remember, but I expect another member will know. Also,
the handset shape is different, and less aesthetically pleasing, and doesn't sit properly in the plastic bracket. I've just remembered the other deletion.
You can now only power up the handset through the mount; before you
could power it up independently.
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Old 31-12-2017, 04:52 PM
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I have the 16" goto and fully agree with Raymo - there's no discernible programming benefit in upgrading the handset, and the physical V4 handset design has been carried out by Satan himself. It's even more painful than the V3 version to slot back into its holder in the dark - I've ended up using velcro to hold mine.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:25 AM
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Thanks for taking the time to reply guys.

I certainly did do a comparison online, but there was no real detail as to whether it would improve basic function of the scope.

THanks and Happy 2018
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