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Re. Autostar RS232 conection

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#1 david.saunders40


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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:29 AM


Having repaired my old Dell laptop for the last time (broken 3times in 8 weeks!!) have treated myself to a nice new Acer Aspire laptop. The only thing is there is no 9 pin RS-232 plug for my Autostar handbox, has any body got any ideas how to overcome this problem??

I've seen  on ebay a "male 9 pin RS-232 to USB adaptor" would this work????

Regards Dave.

#2 MistrBadgr


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Posted 17 October 2011 - 06:02 PM

On the Meade.com website, Customer Support, Downloads, is a piece of software that allows you to use Meade software through a USB port to a USB to RS232 adaptor and on to the telescope or handset.

I have not used that particular piece of software.

I have heard that you have to use a good adaptor in order to make it work correctly.  I am not sure which adaptors are good or not so good.  Hopefully, someone else can reply with brands or models that are known to work.

Hope this helps,

Bill Steen
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#3 Mark Sibole

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:03 PM

Dave  If you are refering to the old style com port on the back of the pC  Most PC manufacturers have discontinued them as they consider it old Technology.
You can pick up a rs232 to usb adapter pretty cheap.
I have 1 and it works well.



Mark Sibole
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