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Tracking and GoTo without Meade hand controller?

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#1 Synon


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 01:19 PM

Is it possible to only use a laptop connection with a Meade LX200 GPS SMT to track and use all the functionality that the hand controller offers? I'm thinking about buying a used one but it does not come with the controller.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 01:28 PM

It probably is. The handbox is just an I/O device and Meade's remote handbox software (included with Autostar Suite) emulates it. I can try it tonight to make sure unless someone else here has tried it already.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:17 PM

I believe It is possible using Meade's Remote HBX software...GPS owners...is that the case?

Edited by rmollise, 26 August 2014 - 05:18 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:46 PM

Gday Synon


It is possible to run entirely via a remote handbox on a PC if required, but sometimes it can get confused for a while if getting a GPS fix.

( It still works, but comms can get iffy at times, and may be interpreted as a lost connection )

There is also a smartphone app that replaces the ASII Hbx ( using WiFi via the Hbx port, not the serial port ) if you want to go that way and keep your serial ports free.




Andrew Johansen Melbourne Australia




The handbox is just an I/O device

Yes and no.

The real Handbox and the GPS share a common comms buffer, so the handbox also has to have smarts to prevent it from clashing if the GPS is running.

Edited by OzAndrewJ, 26 August 2014 - 05:49 PM.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 01:04 AM

Thanks guys! Exactly what I needed to know!  :D  :waytogo:

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