lx80 to laptop
Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:49 PM
Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:17 PM
I just started but have had no trouble connecting the mount and guide camera using the guide camera's USB cable. I'm using a Meade cable to go from the had controller to a serial/USB converter that I purchased for $10 from Amazon. I have an extra if you want to try it, PM me. The Serial/USB converter attaches via USB to the computer. I've had no trouble with the inexpensive Serial/USB converter yet. It will change from Com4 to Com5 and back from night to night.
For software, I am still trying to get guiding to work but the problems have been user error so far. I use PHD for guiding. It connects to my Orion Starshoot G3 camera I'm using for guiding. The camera is attached to either an 80mm (f/7) or a 100mm (F/6) refractor.
I purchased Nebulosity 3 for image capture and processing but have not gotten to do any of either yet. It is either $40 or $80 and looks to be a great program for the price. There is a nice YouTube tutorial that sold me on the program.
I have a Canon 40D to use for imaging and purchased a Hap Griffin cable to connect the camera to the computer's USB port.
I'm currently using a Windows 7 (64 bit Home Premium edition) laptop. Since PHD and Nebulosity 3 available in Mac native versions, I may switch to the Mac after the initial testing is finished.
The LX80 may not be a good AP mount, but I love mine... so far no legs have fallen off the tripod!
Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:33 PM
Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:40 PM
Your comment: "I had talked to some Dave guy from Arizona and he uses his LX80 for AP in the Alt/AZ mode with not to many issues ....."
Hopefully, that was not me from some time back. Almost sounds like it. Are there two Dave's in Arizona to do Ap in Alt/AZ ??
I have returned the LX80, and replaced it with a Celestron CG5 GT (GEM) with a 6" SCT (also Celestron). I have been out of the LX80 "discussion" for over a month now....
Hope all goes well for you.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:40 PM
Good luck with the AP. let us see some pics when you get them.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:01 PM
Very important announcement from Meade on the LX80 Multi-mount thread. Just posted today.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:51 PM
Here is from the Meade4M website.
Posted Today, 04:13 PM
New Audiostar firmware version A3S4 now available.
This firmware release fixes several bugs found in the previous firmware release. Fixes include PEC training and functionality in polar mode, auto guiding using Meade's Envisage Camera software program and compatibility with Meade's new Auto guider Port Module (APM).
Any bugs discovered in this firmware release should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Audiostar A3S4" in the subject line of your email and keep the content specific to reporting any bugs within the software. You will not receive a reply to your email.
Please note that email@example.com is not a general support line, as all email sent to this address will go unanswered. If you have general questions, please contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 626-3233.
We are also happy to announce that the Autoguider Port Module (APM) that enables Meade telescopes equipped with AudioStar handboxes with the latest firmware update to accept input from standard ST4 type autoguiders for long exposure astro-imaging. Telescope models supported include LX90, LX80 and others. Order product number 07509. Price $39.99.
If your telescope has an Autostar 497 handbox and you would like to add the APM for autoguiding capability, you can replace your handbox with the Audiostar handbox. Order product number 07640. Price $149.00.
I am not a Meade sponser and this totally contradicts what the Meade reps at SCAE event at OPT told me in July. But it is great news, now if it will enable a LX80 to guide well for AP? Hummmm.
Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:44 AM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:31 AM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:43 AM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:10 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:21 PM
You have a serial to USB connector attached to a USB port on your computer? And then the Meade cable with a 9 pin connector on one end and a RJ22 connector (like a telephone handset) on the other end?
Do you have an iPhone? If so, do you have SkySafari?
Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:39 AM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:44 AM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:54 PM
The only PC software I've used to control the mount so far is PHD. That is a free download.
When you attach the USB cable to the Laptop did you check to see what Com port it was assigned to? I know when I plug it into my laptop it sometimes changes the port between 3, 4 and 5. Having the wrong Com port assigned in the software will stop it from working.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:58 PM
i am using autostar updater and have also tried starpatch. niether one works. by the way. went out this morning at 3am just so i could look at jupitor and the orion nebulae. awesome! if clouds hadnt rolled in i would have tried to get some pictures. maybe next time if i get this firmware updated. lets hope.
Yes, there are some great views at 3 to 5 AM. As soon as I get finished trying to get good PE data I want to get some pics.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:58 PM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:07 PM
Let me know how you make the cable and ill try to make my own. I plan on going through all the setups again today and will make sure I check which port gets assigned. I drove my wife crazy last time I tried to do a firmware update. Hopefully this goes better the second time around.
Here is a link to the pin outs for the cable. It uses an RJ11 on one end (telephone like connector) and an RJ22 (telephone handset) on the other. http://www.southerns...yfi/serial.html
I'm going to try to get to making a cable tonight or Monday to try out. If you want to try it out, PM me your address. I can send it out this week.
I have SkySafari on my iPad and iPod Touch (no iPhone) but do find the iPod Touch a bit small. The interface works better with a larger screen. I did see in another thread that the accuracy of the slews to a different part of the sky were not that accurate. Going a few degrees at a time is fine. I do like it but need to use the PC a bit longer. The PC and SkySafari are mutually exclusive.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:30 PM
I used a 505 clone that I picked up somewhere to connect the handset to my laptop.
WiFi Scope is a program that emulates the SkyFi box. It's certainly not as convenient as the SkyFi module, but if you already have everything in place (laptop, cable, SkySafari), it's a good way to save 150 bucks.