Alternatives to AutoStar??
Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:19 PM
Posted 05 May 2008 - 02:42 PM
Both programs work very good.
Fife Lake, Mi.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 04:21 PM
Posted 06 May 2008 - 08:32 AM
Your laptop will need a rs232 port on it.
Connect the cable from the scope to the PC and set the com port and connect.
Yu will be able to use the PC to control the scope.
You can slew the scope via the PC.
Fife Lake, Mi.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 12:08 PM
Posted 09 May 2008 - 06:35 PM
to control any of the ETX, DS, LXD55/75 and LX90 systems.
The 497 Autostar has the rs232 socket as an integral part,
the 494 Autostar requires the purchase of a 506 cable/converter to
add an rs232 socket as a peripheral on the AUX bus.
Only the LX200gps (and RCX400) have the Autostar II (and rs232 socket)
built into the base of the scope, and hence do not require an external "autostar".
From an engineering standpoint, it is -theoretically- possible to replace
the ETX's Autostar with sneaky programming on a PC to wiggle parallel
port pins to created the 3 pairs of clock-and-data signal sets that the ETX
motor cards are expecting to hear. Very, very, few have even managed to
get one or two instructions "understood" ("stop" and "go", but without
feedback), and none (to my knowledge) have managed to "replace the Autostar".
Meade's patent 6,304,376 actually describes the protocol, and you can take it
Posted 23 June 2008 - 02:45 PM
It's a free, open source astronomy package for Linux and the KDE desktop
Here's a list of telescopes that you can control via this program.
I'm going to try and control my ETX60 with it.
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