NexStar+ controller bootloader 0080 error
Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:22 PM
Appreciate any input.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:25 PM
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 06:17 AM
Not sure if I understand your terminology.
the HC wont even recognize the handset so hopefully Celestron will reply to my question to them.
Normally, we use HC to indicate the Hand Controller, which is also referred to as the handset. So I'm not sure I understand what you're using HC to mean in your statement above.
Also, in your original note you say:
... to Stellarium sw and connected to my new NexStar+ controller via the usb/rs232 port
There is no usb port on the scope. The port on the bottom of the handset is what should be used to communicate with a PC. It is a serial connection and if your PC does not have a serial port, you'll need a usb to serial adapter. Did you connect to the bottom of the handset? If you used a usb to serial adapter, which brand did you use?
Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:38 AM
Any advantages ??
Just curious .. I'm not likely to replace any of my "old" HC's
Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:50 AM
The firmware versions are also 5.x, which oddly enough, the NexRemote software only recognizes 4.x firmware. I selected the latest firmware on the NexRemote settings page and it seemed to work fine however.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:52 PM
I fired up Stellarium with the telescope plugin module that was set to load at bootup. With the Hand Controller connected and on I loaded Stellarium and went to try and move the scope but it was not talking to the controller. I looked at the display and saw the bootloader error. So I exited Stellarium and turned off the power to the HC and back on with the same error. "Verifying packages" and then bang the error code. I then tried to talk to the controller using the HCupdater program. It would never find the Controller yet I could see the port in device manager. IF I were to hold down the info and menu button and power up I got a stable hidden screen and I could connect to the controller on my virtual usb port and the HCupdater sw would show port 1 connected but thats as far as it would go. Trying to hold the two buttons to go into transmit mode etc did nothing. I thought at worst if I could communicate then I could load the binary NIX file that I saw on one of the NexSTar sites using the updater but again I cant force it into xmit mode and if I do a cold boot of the Hand Controller then I get the error message and the PC cannot see the rs232 port via the rj4 plug.
Hope that makes more sense. APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S INPUT SO FAR.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:22 PM
You don't upgrade the new NexStar+ hand controller with the Celestron HC/MC updater. You need to use the new "Celestron Firmware Manager". Go to Celestrons support site and then go to downloads, then go to software and at the bottom of the list you will find; "Celestron Firmware Manager" (CFM) v.1.0.2100. This is the program you need. Download this to your computer. Hook up to the bottom of the HC. turn the power on and open the CFM program. Everything is done automatically.
Here, let me make it easier...
Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:19 PM
thanks again for the rapid response
Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:38 PM
Nice catch, Stan!
Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:42 AM
Can anyone tell me how they like these new PLUS controllers..
Any advantages ??
I have only played with 2 or 3 of the new HC+. Did some updating and a couple of alignments on a CG-5, CGEM DX and an 8SE. (Not my mounts) The advatage over the now discontinued old style is that it processes faster (So I'm told) and eventually there will be some upgrades that were not available before. That's what the button with the Celestron logo is for. ??? Some of the 'Lists' have been 'edited' and combined. One new feature is that the display works better in cold weather.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:37 AM
Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:31 AM
Sorry for the dumb questions and am trying now to go back thru the forums and read all the queries. I am on a self guided mission out here in the wilds of Texas but thank god for this forum and members for helping out.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:49 AM
Hope someone else can chime in with any assistance to get remote working using the new + controller and updated sw.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:23 AM
Thanks everyone for being patient.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 01:29 PM
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 01:54 PM
First what scope/mount do you have?
Don't touch the autoguider port.
For simple mount control the correct interface port is the serial port on the bottom of the hand controller. The cable required is the Celestron #93920.
I would initially stay away from setting up NexRemote. Keep to simple things like basic scope control via Stellarium.
Read Mike's nexstarsite.com on PC connectivity.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 03:40 PM
As I mentioned above, use the port on the bottom of the handset to connect to the PC. The autoguider port is for, well, autogiding. However, given that the mount is not really designed for long exposure AP, autoguiding is not a particularly useful capability on this mount.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:18 AM
Its been two weeks now I havent heard back on my Celestron query that I entered online. Thank god for this forum. I will continue to read, pick brains and learn.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:40 PM
If your scope is an Advanced Series (CG-5) then the original manual is only appropriate for the hardware side of things. The latest manual that contains anything close to the functionality of your hand controller will be the CGEPro manual (which is actually appropriate for firmware up to gem4.19) but the changes beyond what's in that manual are essentially bug fixes and not real changes to the functionality so it's not a real problem.
About the NexRemote CD - put the CD and envelope away somewhere safe. The valuable part is the license key on the envelope. The CD's contents are way down level, the code you want is the NexRemote download on the Celestron website. It's labeled as a 30 day download, ignore this, your license key will create a permanent installation.
The functionality of the various ports has never been well documented. Mike Swanson's website has probably done the best job here. The Aux ports were at one time intended to support a variety of accessories that never materialized. The original devices that were made available to use them were a GPS and a port extension kit ... both now discontinued. The simplest thing to remember about the AUX ports is that they are identical to the hand controller port ... absolutely electrically identical (the wiring is actually totally done in parallel).
Posted 08 November 2013 - 11:05 PM
My error occurred when I accidentally kicked the power supply to my scope. When I plugged it back in, it said that I had a Boot Error... and something about package 0080. All fixed now. Very grateful to this post and the support of CN in general.