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#1 angelface

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:42 AM

:help:I have a new iOptron Minitower II and I want to control it from my MacBook Pro. The Minitower comes with a USB cable, but needs a USB to serial Driver. So I have installed the Silicon Labs CP2102 USB-to-UART. Using Voyager 4.5 I can connect to the Minitower and control it for a couple of Go-To movements, after which Voyager crashes and I have to do a Force Quit. Same thing happens with and SkySafari Plus.
Is anybody doing this more successfully, and if so what is their set up ?
Alternatively does the Southern Stars SkyFi work reliably, as presumably it cuts out the need for the USB-Serial interface ? Thanks, angelface

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

i gave up and just use a virtual machine to run the ASCOM driver for my gemini-2/G11. with WiFiScope i can then connect to the mount with SkySafari Pro on my iPhone and that works great.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

Angelface the guys on this site might be able to help.

http://tech.groups.y...oup/Mini_Tower/

I purchased a Mini Tower MK2 recently and love it.

Good luck on your mission.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:45 AM

SkyFi is what I have been doing. Completely transparent with no USB-Serial voodoo on my machine.

-Rich

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

Thanks guys for your replies. Rich - are you using a Minitower and a Mac ?

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

No- I've been using AP and Celestron mounts with a Mac, and an iPod, too.

-Rich


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