5 SE computer software
Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:06 PM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:21 PM
I suspect what you have downloaded to your PC is the Nexremote software, which I see from the various ads. comes with the 5SE. (See attached link).
Equally, I'm guessing the cable, to which you refer, is the RS232 which connects the Nexremote software to your computer.
Its end fitting may be somewhat unfaniliar and is in fact outdated in as much as most PCs today, (as far as I'm aware), do not have a RS232 port.
To make this software functional therefore, you will most probably have to buy an adapter cable which sports an RSB232 connector at one end and a standard USB port connection at the other.
But all this aside: please don't concern yourself with any of this at the moment. Its only a "bolt on extra".
For the time being, try to learn your way around your 'scope using the manual the standard hand controller and, if you do get stuck, you know we're here to help you.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:40 PM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:16 PM
The NexRemote software is just a software version of the handset and doesn't do anything you can't do from the handset.
The only real reason to hook a computer up to your scope is to be able to control it with software like Stellarium. Although, after playing around with that and other similar options, I came to the conclusion that the handset does everything I need, and it just seems like extra effort to haul a laptop out every time I want to use the scope.
I prefer to use software only in the planning stage. In other words, I use software to figure out what I'm going to look at during the night, but when I'm out under the stars, it's just the scope.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:22 AM
Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:48 AM
I guess the thought is that you may want to control the scope remotely. You could have an astronomical video camera installed instead of an eyepiece, run a few wires into the house, and be viewing remotely. The Nexremote allows you to essentially use the handset from a distance.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:05 AM
I'm certainly in favour of progressive technology; after all, I've somewhat of a scientific background, but I'm also appreciative of sales promotionary tactics.
Personally, I'm still waiting on Celestron, for those real but less market attractables such as worm drive for the SE/SLT series, but then again, pigs might...... and Hell might..... ! :rofl2:
Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:08 AM
In the near urban area where I live an inexpensive video cam (Samsung SCB-2000 or Lntech LN-300)works better than an EP for nebulae and galaxies. This gives me the option to setup the scope on the patio and then control it from indoors. Sometimes I put the images up on the plasma. Usually but not always I do the alignment with the HC and then use Stellarium to point the scope at targets.
Thanks Dan. I have been unable to find out what the software actually does. seems a bit daft that it doesn't do anything the handset doesn't - why's it there then?
Nexremote gives me the opton to do everything from the laptop, but I seldom do it that way. It is also handy if the HC fails.
If you only do visual, Stellarium (without Nexremote) lets you find targets using the software and move the scope to the targets. But it does not work to set up an observing list.
There is no reason to rush into using the software. Get to know the scope using the hand control first.