Samsung Galxy Note 3 and Telescope control?
Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:07 AM
I've read that most Android devices don't support the necessary "ad-hoc" mode and need to be rooted, however this also voids the warrenty which I'd rather not do seeing as my Galaxy Note 3 is only a week old.
Is this possible? If not what other options do I have?
Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:57 PM
Yes, SkySafari can control the scope through the Bluestar, however you will need the serial cable that came with it for the specific mount. The pinout configuration of the Bluestar is unusual and a "normal" serial cable will not work.
If you need to make a cable, you will need to locate Bluestar's pinouts. I don't know them offhand.
Your other options are to by a standard bluetooth to serial adapter and then you can use a standard serial control cable for whatever mount you have.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 04:15 PM
Ok, I already have a Serial - RJ11 Cable and was going to get this for the Celestron HC end.
Will this work? (If not I won't bother).
Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:04 PM
You could contact Simulation Curriculum to see if they can tell you the pinouts. They (or their predecessor) originally made the Bluestar.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:10 PM
At the bottom of this page is the pdf's for the various cables.
The Celetron cable I need is shown here . I wonder If I could fine an electronics store to fabricate one?
Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:06 PM
Using the "pinout" provided in the above post I was able to make a cable that worked for my Celestron Mounts.
The cable I used didn't have the exact colors as was used in the pinout, but I made sure the three colors required for the "Celestron" side matched.
Quite pleased as I downloaded SkySafari and It should be a nice addition to my viewing experience.