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Old 20-07-2021, 09:52 PM
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Keeping those cables tidy

I picked up a couple of dew heaters from ProAstroz. These came with a built in controller which is very handy but required a bit of snipping and re-soldering to work with my current configuration. I think it's turned out well and using the ASI Air pro, the overall solution is pretty neat from a cabling perspective. I could reduce it by powering the mount from the ASI Air, but I think I might keep things independent.

The last piece of the puzzle is an EAF...

I have yet to take the rig outside
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Old 20-07-2021, 11:56 PM
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Good stuff. I've been thinking about getting custom cables made to tidy up my rig. There's definitely something to be said for a clean setup!
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Old 22-07-2021, 11:09 AM
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It's going to be my travel scope and I plan to keep the OTA set up and boxed as is. I figure that the tidier it is, the less that can get mangled during transport!
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I turned all my existing cables into curly cables. So much tidier and easier to live with. Nothing flops around any more and the cables move with the slewing and focuser.
I used the method shown by this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_51q2zR35TE&t=1s
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:22 PM
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I turned all my existing cables into curly cables.
Oooh, that turned out very well - awesome job
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Old 02-08-2021, 07:01 AM
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Totally agree Jonathan, there’s nothing like tidy cables.

All the power cables I made to suit and I bought the USBs.

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Old 02-08-2021, 07:44 AM
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Hi All,
Thanks for this thread.
Anyone know where I can order short USB cables?

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Old 02-08-2021, 10:19 AM
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Hi Chris

https://www.l-com.com/
^ they're a US site but can do shorter cables.
https://www.lindy.com.au/cables-adapters/usb/
^ Aussie site and they do 0.5m cables of various connections

Or if you're feeling game, you can make them yourself
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Old 02-08-2021, 02:08 PM
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short USB cables

Cable Chick, Brisbane, sells USB cables down to 25 CM.
I have found them quick and efficient to deal with.


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Old 03-08-2021, 09:58 PM
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Totally agree Jonathan, there’s nothing like tidy cables.

All the power cables I made to suit and I bought the USBs.
And a fine job you did too! Sweet
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Old 03-08-2021, 09:59 PM
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Or if you're feeling game, you can make them yourself
I've seen the parts for USB2 on ebay, but not USB3 which seems a little more complex!
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I dont believe neat cables exist in reality it is all trick photography

I try ..how I try...and at some point I hold the unreasonable hope that I can offer such trick photography showing neatness.

Something I have always found handy is having blue tack on hand...you can work out points that can become less temporary and do fine adjustment without loosing precious imaging time...
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:25 PM
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Thanks Jim for the youtube tip /how to for the method, maybe there is hope for my setup. Maybe a before and after pic?

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The spiral cable cord you can buy is your best friend, makes the setup look a lot neater.
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Old 06-08-2021, 03:36 PM
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I turned all my existing cables into curly cables. So much tidier and easier to live with. Nothing flops around any more and the cables move with the slewing and focuser.
I used the method shown by this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_51q2zR35TE&t=1s
This looks great, by the way. I love your setup!
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Old 12-08-2021, 07:10 PM
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Thanks Jim for the youtube tip /how to for the method, maybe there is hope for my setup. Maybe a before and after pic?

GlennB
The before is whatever the cables look like out of the box. The after is as per my earlier picture.
I initially practiced on some spare cables then realised I could make all of my cables curly so with a piece of 8mm dowel, one of those cheap paint stripper heat guns, and a packet of zip ties I just kept on going.
In the end I curled those flat USB cables that come with ZWO devices, my dew heater cables, the power cables that came with my Pegasus powerbox, etc.
The great thing is I haven't had to shorten any of my cables at all. The very important trick is to do the final reverse wind step in the guy's video. This makes the curl much more permanent and stable.

Jim

PS: For the initial winding, I use a zip tie to anchor one end of the cable to the dowel while I do the winding, then another tie to hold the last end on the dowel while I do the heating. When the cable has cooled I then snip off the ties and then do the reverse wind.

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Old 15-08-2021, 11:23 AM
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For how long do you heat gun treat a cable?
I tried the hair blower...not so good.

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Old 15-08-2021, 11:52 AM
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I use a paint stripper heat gun about 10cm distance and keep it moving along and around the cable. I stop when the cable feels very hot to the touch, but obviously not burning my skin.
A telltale that you may be overheating is if the outer shield on the cable goes from dull to shiny.
Make sure you let the cable cool to near ambient or less before cutting the zip ties and removing from the dowel. I'm impatient so I put it in the freezer for a few minutes.

My heat gun is like this:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/xu1-2000w-heat-gun_p6290580
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Old 15-08-2021, 05:18 PM
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Nice, a new reason to buy more power tools
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Old 15-08-2021, 08:14 PM
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Just tried the curling wire on my gear, very nice. Thanks for suggesting.
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