The original RA/DEC Cable Replacement Kits continue to solve the most common complaint about the CGE mount. Namely, the external CAT5E cables, and more importantly, the RJ45 (Ethernet) plugs.
BUT… the mount is still left with numerous “phone plugs” that are used to communicate with the mount:
Auto Guide Port
Power Supply Plug
The factory original plugs (phone plugs) for these devices are just not meant to be subjected to dew, frost, dust, tree sap (airborne), or constant motion and “tugging” on such a weenie connector. Proof of this is comes in the form of the number of incidents of loss of communication with the mount (Error Code 16/17 for example) which usually requires shut down and starting the alignment process from scratch. For astrophotographers, it is not uncommon that the restart process can take an hour or more (align, plate solve, focus). Clear, dark skies are too precious to be wasted on a poor design choice using parts that cost only a few pennies yet cause so many problems. The solution I offer is to replace the plugs and sockets with robust plugs and connectors that are immune from the effects of Mother Nature. As with the original RA/DEC Kits, the Mount Control Kits use the same “military style” circular connectors with a threaded locking ring. Each kit is tested prior to shipping, either by connecting to my personal CGE mount (where practical) or by way of continuity testing techniques. There are 2 separate Mount Control Kits:
Kit # 1 – Hand Control / AUX2 / AUX1 Ports
Kit # 2 – PC Port / Auto Guide Port / Power Connector